Lens-Artists Challenge: Around the Neighborhood

Los Angeles is a sprawling city, with numerous districts and neighborhoods. I live on the so-called Westside area, which includes Brentwood, West LA, West Hollywood, Westwood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Venice, Pacific Palisades, and Century City among several other neighborhoods. We live in Brentwood but Santa Monica, Westwood, Venice and Century City are part of what I would call my extended neighborhood. Almost everything I do is in these neighborhoods, especially Santa Monica, which happens to be right next to Brentwood. Here are some of my favorite places in my neck of the woods.

Santa Monica Beach and downtown Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica residential street.

Santa Monica bluffs, the California Incline, the Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica Beach.

Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

UCLA Campus, in Westwood.

UCLA Campus, Westwood.

Westwood Street, with blooming Jacarandas.

Venice Beach.

Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Venice Canals Historic District. This is a residential area with beautiful homes and several man-made canals, originally built in 1905.

The Getty Center in Brentwood is one of the best museums in LA. It’s a short 10-minute drive from my house.

View of Century City from the Getty Center. The infamous 405 Freeway during the beginning of rush hour is seen below.

For Tina Shell’s Lens-Artists Challenge #36 – Around the Neighborhood

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Architecture

In this Architecture challenge, Cee asks us to share whatever types of buildings appeal to us. I am a huge fan of architectural photography and of contemporary architecture. I love exciting, unconventional buildings (that’s why Los Angeles-based Frank Gehry is my favorite architect), but I also appreciate other styles. Here some favorites from California and Chicago. Some are quirky… 🙂


Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA. “Deconstructivist” style building. Architect: Frank Gehry, 2003.


Santa Barbara Courthouse, Santa Barbara, CA. Spanish Colonial Revival style building. Architect: William Mooser III (1929).


The Chicago Tribune Tower, Chicago, IL. Neo-Gothic style building. Architects: John M. Howells and Raymond Hood (1925).


The John Hancock Center, Chicago, IL. Structural Expressionist style building. Architects: Fazlur Khan and Bruce Graham (1969).


The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA. Modernist style building. Architects: Richard Meier and Michael Palladino (1997).


The Binoculars Building (Google’s offices in LA), Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. Postmodern style building. Architect: Frank Gehry (1991)


Union Station, Los Angeles, CA. Combined Modern, Art Deco, Mission/Spanish Revival style building. Architects: Johan and Donal Parkinson (1939).


The Norton House, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. Post Modern style beach house. A special feature is the office or the “lookout” tower up front, facing the ocean. It is very reminiscent of the lifeguard huts found along the beach. Architect: Frank Gehry (1986).

365/Day 63

Los Angeles’ Official Trees Are Blooming! 

No, not the Palm Trees! Believe it or not, the Palm Tree is not LA’s official tree, although its image is closely associated with the City of Angels. LA’s official tree is the “Coral Tree” (or Erythrina Caffra), a tree that can grow up to sixty feet in height, with impressive twisting limbs and spreading canopies. Coral trees start blooming late in the winter and their brilliant orange-scarlet blooms grow through much of the spring. A mature coral tree in full flower is quite a spectacular sight. So imagine what it’s like to drive the five-mile stretch of San Vicente Boulevard, on the West side of LA, when the 120 coral trees planted along its wide median are in full bloom! Too bad it’s quite a busy road so you can’t drive too leisurely, as other drivers may kill you! Well, not really… 🙂 San Vicente Boulevard happens to run just a block South of my house in Brentwood, so as I walked around looking for things to photograph for my daily post, I came upon these magnificent trees and decided they would be the subject of today’s post.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

This week we are challenged to show Serenity. Here’s where I find serenity.


Quiet waters on a late afternoon… Venice Canals, Los Angeles, CA.


End of day at the museum. Only me and Rodin’s beautiful sculptures. LACMA, Los Angeles, CA.


Miles and miles of nothing but green. Tuscany, Italy.


The sea after the sunset… Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA.