LA Hills – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

In Last Weeks Post (The Jacaranda Tree), I mentioned that we were in Los Angeles for Memorial Day weekend visiting our daughter and son-in-law, but more importantly our first grandchild (just hit the 6 month mark). I had also mentioned that I volunteered to do the daily stroller outing into the neighborhood each day while we were there (she loves to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air, sights, birds, etc.). I was always wandering up into the hills with her as the climbing was good exercise for grandpa and the views were spectacular for both of us. At that point last week I talked about the Jacaranda Trees, but also mentioned I would come back to the views of that daily outing. This week I have attached 10 shots I took during that daily venture.

LA Hills 1

This capture gives you an idea of the typical hillside neighborhoods that dot the Los Angeles hills. The streets are narrow, windy and go up and down quit dramatically. On one side of the street you have the height of the home facing the street and the other side, just the top portion of that home with it’s height going down the backside of the house.

LA Hills 2

The homes represent a variety of architecture and mix in size. Interesting architecture and look as the next shot shows the same house from around the bend and down the other side….

LA Hills 3

Every few steps the scene is totally different.

LA Hills 4

Because land is so precious, there isn’t any space wasted as you notice the garages actually start just feet from the road.

LA Hills 5

Love the variety of architectural elements and color in the homes.

LA Hills 6

Creativity is necessary as the hillsides are quite steep.

LA Hills 7

As I alluded to earlier, the views between the homes (the views they actually have over each other) that you can see from the street are spectacular. This view looks southeast over Glendale, California towards the San Gabriel Mountains.

L.A. Hills 8

This view is looking in the same general direction as the capture above (you can barely see this facility in the far right portion of that view).

LA Hills 9

This is a capture of downtown Glendale, California which is located northeast of downtown Los Angeles and south of Burbank.

LA Hills 10

Then to the south of this location behind another set of hills is downtown Los Angeles. The final approach pattern to LAX takes planes just south of downtown and with the air traffic coming into LAX, not surprising that I captured a plane in this shot.  Thoughts?

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30 thoughts on “LA Hills – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Street size and shapes make neighborhoods interesting environment or drab boring sights – so much can be seen better by walking and being in the scene rather than in a vehicle going past. Love the landscapes and twists in these roads. #6 is quite beautiful
    (We have one about the same age – great excuses to walk and explore)

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks for stopping by….I had driven those streets before and to your point it is a totally different experience walking them….thanks for the input on 6!

      This is our first grandchild and we have been loving it!!

  2. Dan Antion

    So, your grandchild is learning how to walk (step, step, stop, focus, click, step step) like a photographer:)

    Great photos, Kirt. They really don’t waste any space, do they?

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      My grand daughter learns quickly and even suggests which shot to take!!:)

      Every inch Dan is utilized!!! There really isn’t much wiggle room as those hill are really steep….thanks for stopping by, sir!!

      1. Dan Antion

        I was going to say “she’ll have you working for her soon” but then I remembered who’s doing the pushing and who’s doing the riding.

  3. reocochran

    I liked the first stucco castle style home but to hang up or in a note card, I liked #8 and #9, the beautiful background lends to the setting, Kirt.

  4. Annie

    What an interesting neighborhood with a bit of a European vibe to it. I think I’d need an elevator or dumb waiter to get my groceries to the kitchen! Lots of stairs….

  5. Teagan Geneviene

    That’s a breathtaking view at the first photo, Kirt.
    Wow, has it already been six months since ya’ll became grandparents? Sigh…
    I think LA is a much prettier place than it’s made out to be — especially with your pictures as proof. Hugs.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      LA is such an interesting mix of beautiful and ugly. The hills with homes in this type of price range is very beautiful. I love the views from these homes….glad to have you back…my best to you as you take the next step….whatever it may be!


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