What's Happening This Week: May 18, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

LA’s visionary Mid-Century houses 

In Mid-Century SoCal, top designers and architects were challenged to create affordable, innovative houses for Postwar living. The spacious, flowing indoor/outdoor Case Study Houses are still inviting spaces to explore today.

View this post on Instagram

by @elizabethdaniels01

A post shared by Case Study House #17, 1947 (@casestudy17) on

Descanso beauty is back

Actually it never left – we did. Now the gardens have reopened, just in time for roses, camellias, irises and cherry blossoms. Hours are longer, tickets are limited and in advance only. (Members don’t need tickets, so join now.)

“Cheep” home entertainment

Backyard birdwatching is soaring. Easy, free and fascinating, it starts when you sit down, close your eyes and listen. Next, go online to learn which birds hang in your ‘hood, and start seeing. Here are some tips for delightful results.

View this post on Instagram

Another angle of my dear Black-Throated Gray Warbler moment as she investigates me close to the forest floor. . I think this is my favourite closeup of any species I’ve taken. While a dynamic, full body action shot is always cool and desirable, there’s something magical about a frame-filling image that captures lots of feather detail and personality of a bird that’s usually confined to the forest canopy. . Sometimes I go on my birding adventures with a vague idea of the shots I want to get, or the species I hope to find, but most of the time I go to beautiful places with a diversity of species and good lighting opportunities. I try to find good pockets of mixed habitat, preferably in shade or under overcast conditions. . I find if you keep checking off all the boxes, you’ll get lucky eventually – for instance the full sun came out minutes after this photo-session, and would have rendered all these pics harsh and less detailed! Glad I found her when I did! . Settings: 1/250, f5.6, ISO 1600 . . . #natgeoyourshot #birding #planetearth #naturephotography #nature #bcbirds #bcbirding #birdsofcanada #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #birding #naturelovers #feather_perfection #bird #cangeo #sharecangeo #birdsofinstagram #bestbirdsofinstagram #birds #bestbirdshots #photography #eye_spy_birds #bird_brilliance #wildlife #best_birds_of_ig #bb_of_ig #northwestnature #bird_brilliance #warblercrazy #blackthroatedgraywarbler #warblers #migration #spring

A post shared by James MacKenzie (@biodiversityvancouver) on

Can haute cuisine pivot to takeout?

Some of the most upscale spots in LA are showing how it’s done – with superb results. Ready to trade pizza and burgers for Michelin-level dining chez vous? Give these culinary superstars a call without reservations.

View this post on Instagram

On today’s takeout menu ➡️

A post shared by Spago Beverly Hills (@spagobh) on

San Francisco Bay Area

Park dos and don’ts

Table tennis: Yes. Tennis: No. Picnics on the grass: OK. Picnics on picnic tables: Not OK. Hey, don’t ask us, we didn’t make the rules. San Francisco has released its oddly specific and slightly random list of allowable outdoor activities, which includes the likes of exploring rock pools, soft martial arts, and watching sunrises and sunsets (all allowed!).