Los Angeles After the Rain, CA

The Santa Monica Mountains are flush with wildflowers and new grass thanks to long-overdue rainfall in the lead up to spring. Even the freeways look beautiful from up here.

Getty Center, a fantastic museum with free admission, and the 405 freeway

Getty Center, a fantastic museum with free admission, and the 405 freeway

Matchbox cars on the 405 freeway

Matchbox cars on the 405 freeway

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

The Getty View trail

The Getty View trail

Looks like lavender

Looks like lavender

Across the dividing canyon

Across the dividing canyon

Los Angeles' sunlight brings everything to life

Los Angeles’ sunlight brings everything to life

Views of the Getty Center on Casiano Road, heading back to the 405.

Views of the Getty Center on Casiano Road, heading back to the 405.

 

From the tops of the Hollywood Hills, LA

“Like so much in LA, if you look around enough, you see straight past all the uniformity to the wonder of it all.” ~Moby

Who knew one could hill hop Hollywood’s infamous backdrop? All the way from Lake Hollywood Drive to the Hollywood sign, you’ve got a 360 degree view over Los Angeles’s urban sprawl. The only body of water seen from this vantage point is the Reservoir. For the Pacific, you need to cruise further West.

If you’re keen to travel the trail, it is called Cahuenga Peak; added to Griffith Park as public land with help of donations by City of LA, Tiffany&Co, Foundation Aileen Getty, Hugh M. Hefner, State of California, Steven Spielberg, Lucasfilm Foundation, amongst many others.

Inspired by the words of LA resident Moby, here are some pictures taken from those hilltops.

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Griffith Observatory, left, and LA downtown, right.

Griffith Observatory, left, and LA downtown, right

Reservoir, to the right

Reservoir, to the right

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Overlooking the Valley and Universal Studios

Overlooking the Valley and Universal Studios

Looking towards the Hollywood Sign

Looking towards the Hollywood Sign – taken with SmartPhone

Here’s a better look at that Hollywood Sign:

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