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Evangelical Free Church of Camarillo

Evangelical Free Church of Camarillo
2315 Ventura Blvd Camarillo, CA 93010 (805) 482-1200
Website www.evfreecam.org

Evangelical Free Church is also a wedding spot.  They have a small courtyard for formal photography as well (see below). 

Church Building History:
The church building was constructed in 1891.  At that time it was Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Pleasant Valley Baptist Church used to own Camarillo Cemetery also (now Dizdar Park).

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church gave away burial spots to those who made donations to construct this church building.  A huge donation came from Juan Camarillo.

Later, the building was sold to Evangelical Free Church in 1980.  Peasant Valley Baptist Church moved to a new building, still in Camarillo (corner of Ponderosa & Lantana).

During the Summer time, I see youngsters washing cars to raise money. I WILL wash my car from them next time I see them.

Evangelical Free Church Camarillo

Camarillo Church

   
Photography by: VenturaPhoto.com

Photography taken on the day of wedding.

Ventura College at night

I used to go to Ventura College.  I took some courses and transferred credit for to my AA & BS degrees at Moorpark College and Cal. Lutheral University.
I had a wedding photography gig at Ventura College (Nov 4, 2007). I took these photographs after the reception. It was very cold.

Ventura College at Night

Ventura College at night

Pictures of Ventura College

Santa Paula at night

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Glen Tavern Inn
Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula

The historic Glen Tavern Inn is located in Old Town Santa Paula.  Glen Tavern Inn is a popular wedding location for locals. 

When I first started taking pictures of Glen Tavern Inn, someone said "Take pictures of a ghost".  I didn't think much of that remark. I just smiled.

Later, a group of family members walked by.  They were curious about what I was doing.  I said "Hi" and we talked for a while.  Again, they told me about the ghost.  According to the local stories, room 302 is haunted Surprised.  The lady pointed out the exact room that's supposed to be haunted.

Now, I was scared.

Suddenly, I heard a train coming from the other side. I ran over there with my camera & tripod.

Santa Paula Train, Night
Santa Paula Train Station. 

This classic train is being used as an Entertainment facility, not as a transportation device (I think).

Santa Paula Picture
Train & Gazebo

Westlake Village Inn at Night

Westlake Village Inn

Photographed October 14, 2007 11:30pm

Lost Canyon Golf Club, Simi Valley

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I had a wedding photography job at Lost Canyon Golf Club in Simi Valley.

Simi Valley Golf Club Picture

Lost Canyons Golf Club

Simi Valley Wedding Photographer

Lost Canyon Golf Club, Simi Valley
3301 Lost Canyon Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93063
http://www.lostcanyons.com/  (805) 522-4653

Heritage Square, Oxnard - in the dark

Heritage Square Oxnard

Heritage Square Weddings and Events
715 S a St Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 483-7960

Port Hueneme Beach

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I didn't have a wedding this weekend.  So I went to Port Hueneme (Oxnard) beach to test my new equipment. 

Port Hueneme Beach

Oxnard

Camarillo & Conejo Grade

I took this on top of the fairy's wheel during Camarillo Fiesta 2007.  Oh how I wished the weather was clearer.

Conejo Grade

Conejo Grade (AKA Camarillo Grade) separates West & East Ventura County.  During the Summer season the West side is about 10 degrees cooler than the East side.  You can actually see the temperature going down as you go over the Grade.

Conejo Grade is exactly 2 miles.  It takes 2 full minutes to go up and down.

Although this is a huge mountain 2 miles on freeway is not that much.  Still, there are a lot of people making a big deal out of going over this grade.

Once I had a job at Westlake Village.  I had a co-worker commuting from Simi Valley.  When she learned that I commuted from Camarillo (drive over the Conejo Grade), she commented how far I drove every day.   So I said, "It's not that far, it's only 15 miles away".   She looked at me and said, "But, you drive over the Grade".  I didn't say anything to her, but that's when I realized some people hate to drive over the Camarillo Grade.

Arby's Roast Beef, Ventura

Arby's Roast Beef, Ventura
3550 E Main St, Ventura
Phone: (805) 644-9500 

Is delicious

Ventura Arby's Picture

Arby's Ventura

Arby's Roast Beef, Ventura
3550 E Main St, Ventura Phone: (805) 644-9500

Old Camarillo Library

Old Camarillo Public Library (Closed Feb 25, 2007)
3100 Ponderosa Drive Camarillo, CA 93010

Click Here for photo album of old Camarillo Public Library.

You may have to register to VenturaWeekly to view photo-gallery.

Memorial Day 2007, Camarillo

 Memorial Day 2007, Constitution Park, Camarillo

Trees at Mission Oaks Plaza - Evidence of old fire

I have noticed something interesting at Mission Oaks Plaza.  Some of the trees had unusually black barks, as if they were burnt a long time ago.

Mission Oaks Plaza Camarillo

So I took a closer look.
And I took off a piece of the skin.  This is what I saw

 

I see these black tree barks all over Camarillo.  I see them at Arneil Road, close to Albertson as well. 

I assume that there was a big fire a long time a go.  They burnt the skins but didn't kill the trees.  A lot of trees are carrying the scars now.  It was a fascinating found for me.

I tried to look up local history for wild fire, but I couldn't find any.  If these trees can talk...

** Mission Oaks Plaza: 93,545 square feet of shopping center located at Mission Oaks Blvd and Weedcreek Rd.

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Happy Valentines Day

Los Primeros Structured Elementary School at Elm Drive & Ventura Boulevard, Old Town Camarillo.
camarillo valentines day

Home Town Buffet - Simi Valley

We have 2 HomeTown Buffets in Ventura County.  One HomeTown Buffet is in Oxnard, the other one is located in Simi Valley.

I like HomeTown Buffet, but I don't eat there as often.  Whenever I am at an all-you-can-eat restaurant, I tend to lose control and eat too much.

Today I went to Hometown Buffet at Simi Valley for lunch.  As I was eating, unusual amount of older folks started to walk in.  They were all talking to each other, so I guessed they are together.  There were a lot of people, about 30-40 of them. They all looked kind of folksy, and they were all older folks (60's and older).  They all seemed nice and cute.

I didn't think much of it and enjoyed my meal.

As I walk out from HomeTown Buffet, below is what I saw... a lot of classic cars. 

Hometoen Buttet Simi Valley

It turned out that they come to HomeTown Buffet in Simi Valley every Friday and display their cars this way.  They use HomeTown Buffet as a club house of some sort.  They come in, chit chat, and enjoy meal for a while. 

  

  

  

  

- Simi Valley Home Town Buffet -

Photography: I took all these pictures with a Canon Powershot A series camera ($180.00).  Whenever I get the chance, I try to promote "Photography is a cheap hobby".  The Sun was setting fast.  I set my camera at 200ASA and photographed at shutter speed between 1/15 and 1/50. I didn't want to set my camera at 400ASA because cheap camera has its limitation.

There are 2 Hometown Buffets in Ventura County

Home Town Buffet Simi Valley:
1855 Cochran St. Simi Valley, CA 93065 (805)583-3382
Home Town Buffet Oxnard:
1901 Lockwood St Oxnard, CA 93030  (805) 983-8873
http://www.hometownbuffet.com/

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Camarillo Public Library - the early mailbox

Camarillo Public Library is located at 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo

I photographed these pictures on February 4th.

At that time, Camarillo Public Library was still under construction.  These are the temporary mailbox we had until the building was ready.

At the parking lot, there was a camper with somebody living in there.  I think one of his duties were checking this mail box.  He was peaking out to see if I was doing anything funny.  It was a little awkward, but everything was cool.

Camarillo Public Library

Library Camarillo

Public Library Camarillo

Camarillo California Public Library
The other side of the mail box.  I couldn't make out what BBCM meant.

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