The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden features many different themed landscapes. This is a view from the African section, photographed in 2015.
Like a flashback to 1966, these guys looked almost exactly like Van Williams and Bruce Lee from the iconic television show. Behind them is the Black Beauty car, customized by Dean Jeffries. Photographed at the Culver City Car Show on film with my Nimslo quadra lens camera in 2010.
The 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California is a popular destination for both the locals and tourists. Throughout the walkway are numerous living dinosaur sculptures, which look like giant Chia Pets! Photographed in 2015.
Back in 1991, I was walking along the hip and trendy Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, when I encountered this flamboyantly dressed lady lounging on a Harley. It seemed to me that she was not really a biker babe, but a model taking a break from a photo shoot. Since I had my Nikon with me, I captured the moment on Kodachrome film.
The Caped Crusaders made an appearance at the 2012 Culver City Car Show, along with the original Batmobile. The pair were doppelgängers of the classic sixties TV versions of Batman and Robin, as portrayed by Adam West and Burt Ward. Behind them was the Batmobile, built at the shop of car customizer George Barris, who was also a major sponsor of the show. Unfortunately George died just a few years later, but the show continues annually.
The ultimate spooky event happens each Halloween season at the skeleton-themed Boney Island. Designed like a mini amusement park, it is the creation of my friend Rick Polizzi, who prepares months in advance to set it up at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. The incredible exhibition is a labor of love, and offered to the public free of charge! Highly recommended for anyone in the Los Angeles area.
Thoroughbred horses head for the finish line at historical Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA. The location is beautiful, with a picturesque backdrop of the San Gabriel mountain range. Numerous Hollywood movie and television productions have filmed there since the 1930s, due to its proximity to Los Angeles. This is an HDR iPhone photo, from 2015.
Here is a reverse angle of the iconic Hollywood sign, revealing a dramatic view of the hills, Los Angeles, and the distant ocean. To reach this location requires an uphill hike of several miles.
The Western Fence Lizard is very common where I live in Southern California. This little critter did not seem to mind my getting up close and personal for a portrait. Having assumed the lizard was a basic brown, I was surprised to see the blue iridescent belly, and yellow under the legs revealed by the fill-flash. It is a beautiful creature up close!