A bank is a place that will lend you money
if you can prove that you don't need it.
Last month, my pastel group planned to meet at the Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, which is run, in part, by the National Parks. One of the Rangers told me that the Paramount Ranch, was just 10 minutes up the Road! I knew I was too close, not to go. so, after I packed up my plein air art supplies, I headed over. I'm so glad I did, and it was the perfect time of day. Just before magic hour!
I had heard about the place, for years, and that movies and television shows had been shot there since the late1920s, when Paramount Pictures bought 2,700 acres of the old Rancho Las Virgenes.
The Paramount Ranch
"For 25 years, a veritable who's who of Hollywood practiced their craft at Paramount Ranch, including director Cecil B. Demille, and actors Bob Hope, Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert. The diverse landscape was the real star of the show. It offered film makers the freedom to create distant locales such as colonial Massachusetts in The Maid of Salem, ancient China in The Adventures of Marco Polo, a South Seas island in Ebb Tide (1937) and numbers western locations including San Francisco in Wells Fargo. The art of illusion was mastered on the landscape."
From 1957 to 1980, the ranch changed hands several times, but the shooting continued. In 1980, the National Park Service took over a portion of the ranch property and it's run by them today. And yes, it's still used by various studios and production companies today.
A couple of tidbits ... from 1992 to 1997, Paramount Ranch was used for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. And, apparently Warren Beatty used it in one of my favorite films, Reds. (1981)
I like a man who can run faster than I can.
There'll always be an England.
Even if it's in Hollywood.
I mostly photographed around the other visitors, that were there. No film was being shot, that day. Well, no movies or T.V. shows. There were several still photographers there with families. I am pretty sure they were taking family Christmas photos.
Here's Roy Rodgers in "Son of Paleface" shot on the Paramount Ranch ...
I remember watching these movies on the weekend afternoons. I loved Jane Russell and Bob Hope. Here's a trailer from The Paleface (1948) shot on the Paramount Ranch.
Publicity can be terrible.
But only if you don't have any.
In moments, the afternoon light was glorious. This all is in Los Angeles, by the way.
Heading east toward home on Mullhulland Drive. I pulled over to take a couple of photos.
Official site of the National Park Service Paramount Ranch
When we recall the past,
we usually find that it is the simplest things,
not the great occasions, that in retrospect
give off the great glow of happiness.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful December!
Blessings and light