Local Shot Spot – Long Beach Sagely Monastery

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Long Beach Sagely Monastery
Long Beach Sagely Monastery
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The Long Beach Sagely Monastery on Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, CA, had been a Carmelite Catholic convent for 40 years. It was purchased by the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas when the nuns moved to a new place in Santa Barbara. When the Buddhists purchased the property, they asked them to leave the statue of the Virgin Mary in the front, because they also worship her as Guanyin Bodhisattva. Even now, Catholics still come to pay homage and bring offerings of fresh flowers almost every day.

Monastery website


Local Shot Spots – The Walter Pyramid

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The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid
The Walter Pyramid

The Walter Pyramid, opened on November 30, 1994, is an indoor multi-purpose arena on the campus of California State University, Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Each side of the 18-story Pyramid measures 345 feet (105 m). It was designed by architect Don Gibbs (a CSULB graduate) and built by the Nielsen Construction Company of San Diego. The facility holds 7,000 spectators in a seating system that can be hydraulically raised to expose 39,000 square feet of beechwood flooring for 3 full-court, 6 half-court basketball areas and 5 volleyball areas. It also houses a full-service fitness center and The Pointe, an educational conference center. http://tinyurl.com/7mam9nf


Long Beach Carnevale

Long Beach Carnevale 2015 will be held on February 28th starting at 11:00 AM outside the Long Beach Aquarium.

From the official website:

The Long Beach Carnevale is a masquerade in the true fashion of the carnival of Venice, Italy. The main focus is the many elaborate masked costumes that people show off with as well along with the crowd that participates with them.

My image from the 2014 Long Beach Carnevale was judged to be the Most Mysterious.

Portrait from Long Beach Carnevale by Andrew Schmidt