Lunchtime Photo

A couple of weeks ago, as you know, I visited the LA Arboretum. But first I had lunch at the Farmer’s Market. After that, in the time between the arboretum closing and then reopening for their evening show, I dropped over to Caltech to take a few pictures and check out the monopod.

You’ll see photos of all of this eventually, but let’s start with the Farmer’s Market. I frequently get complaints that my lunchtime photos are not related to lunch at all, so here you go: a pair of pastrami sandwiches from Phil’s Deli. That’s a lunchtime photo.

December 9, 2018 — Los Angeles, California


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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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