When I occasionally traveled through Los Angeles many years ago, I was never sure if I saw downtown. L.A. appeared in my mind as a huge oval punctuated with little groupings of tall buildings, as if it was trying to play a joke on me. Find me. Find L.A. This time I saw the right one from a hillside (confirmed by my friend Art), the smog hiding the buildings as if to still say find me. Here is the straight view. L.A. captured in a box.
I took a few more photos of the long views of Los Angeles, but the photos that I loved were the small carefully framed portraits of plants. Rectangular frames. Now when I think of L.A., I have found it in the details. Rains in Los Angeles had given the vegetation a brightening wash. Here are a few of my favorite photos taken at Descanso Gardens or from along the canals of Venice: