This gallery will be updated with my really interesting photos. That will happen every week or two. Los Angeles is burdened with smog and ocean overcast. The result is hazy views from some locations. The best city views are taken on windy days and immediately after a rain storm.
It’s not Manhattan but it is interesting. Once upon a time there were large expensive homes on Bunker Hill. Residence would travel up and down that hill on a funicular railway called Angel’s Flight. That two car system was built in 1901. More recently the Disney Hall and the Music Center have become centers for quality stage and musical entertainment. The MOCA downtown Los Angeles location is home to almost 5,000 artworks created since 1940. Los Angeles has even obtained some tall buildings that give the feeling of a downtown. The tallest building west of the Mississippi will soon be shadowed by an even taller building just a few blocks away.
Anthony Quinn as “Zorba The Greek” on wall mural
Union Station Downtown
The main railroad station opened in 1939. The three major railways serving Los Angeles were cajoled into participating.
“Hooray for Hollywood” is an old song sung by Doris Day. It was not accurate when it was written and it still is not accurate. The idea of Hollywood is accurate. Honestly, Hollywood is very old. It never was the home of the stars. It is the home of those wanting to become stars. Thanks to the never ending stream of visitors the area has been going through a rejuvenation. This is the location to join a city tour. The place to be is no longer Hollywood and Vine. Now it’s Hollywood and Highland. Immediately adjoining is Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, and the Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre). Walking down Hollywood Boulevard (east) to Vine Street you see some interesting restaurants mixed between costume shops, magic shops, and tattoo parlors.
These are the photos walking east from Orange Drive.
Crowds at Grauman’s Chinese Theater are looking for foot prints and hand prints of their favorite stars. They are in the cement.
Griffith Park After successfully investing in mining, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith purchased Ranch Los Feliz, near the Los Angeles River and north of the city in 1882. He donated 3,015 acres (12.2 km2) to the city of Los Angeles on December 16, 1896. Among the park’s features are Travel Town, Live Steamers (miniature trains) that are about the size of train rides at an amusement park, horse pack riding, golf, the city Zoo, the Gene Autry Western Museum, and the observatory.
Hiking trail from Observatory parking lot to top of Mt. Hollywood
Look carefully and you will see hikers on the trail and at the top
On The Perimeter
Living four blocks from the Chatsworth Reservoir brings wild life to the city. We had a mixed Wheaton Terrier who wanted to be friends with all animals. That resulted in her being sprayed by a skunk. We didn’t know where the odor was coming from for about 12 hours. My wife saw the spot on her coat.
In addition to skunks we are visited by coyotes, raccoons, and possum. A result of last year’s Station Fire north of the San Fernando Valley is Black Bear wandering into perimeter communities.