Thursday, April 12, 2012

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

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 In the 1949 noir film "White Heat" James Cagney, as a thoroughly despicable criminal with a soft heart for his mother, ends his life in a blazing explosion atop a tank full of gasoline. As he goes out, he shouts, "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" The scene was filmed in the South Bay, at a Shell refinery in Torrance, California, looking out over the Pacific Ocean.

North to Malibu
Well, we have no blazing tommy guns, but here I am yesterday atop the roof of a tall structure in Santa Monica, looking out over the bay. I can't tell you how I got up here, but here's a hint:

Don't be scared - I wasn't. It was perfectly safe. Check out those cirrus clouds!

Top of the World, Ma!

South to Palos Verde Peninsula

East toward downtown LA.
If you enlarge it, you might be able to see the Hollywood sign!

What an incredible day it was. We were between rain storms, with sun and a light breeze. The sky was amazing!


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

No smog?

Very nice.

déjà pseu said...

Beautiful! There's nothing like LA after a rainfall.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

What a beautiful sky!

But you can't convince me that it was perfectly safe...

Another Kiwi said...

Yay, go Aunt Snow. Onwards and upwards.

Jenny said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm really enjoying your writing. Jenny