From Katy Perry to the Beach Boys, Los Angeles’ allure has been waxed poetic over the years.
The City of Angels — home to palm trees, blue skies, Hollywood and beaches — would be easy explanations for its popularity. There’s something for everyone with hiking trails, nightlife, ethical diversity and plenty of sunshine.
Below are the images from various neighborhoods of LA, my last stop on my 2013 west coast swing.
The Griffith Observatory offers a stunning view of Downtown Los Angeles — through the smog — from the Hollywood Hills. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
The ISO was off when I took this image of James Dean’s bust outside the Griffith Observatory. His film “Rebel Without a Cause” helped popularize the spot. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Fans celebrate Kole Calhoun’s two-run go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Los Angeles’ 7-5 comeback win over the Blue Jays on Aug. 2 at Angel Stadium. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A view of Malibu — Pacific Ocean, palm trees and cliffs — from atop Pepperdine University. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Wildlife roams wild on Pepperdine University, where a deer walks past a residential area. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A tourist dares to approach a “freak” from the freakshow along the eccentric Venice Beach boardwalk. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
Santa Monica Pier marks the end of legendary Route 66. // Photo by Christina De Nicola
A view of Long Beach, including the RMS Queen Mary docked at the port, from atop a ferris wheel. // Photo by Christina De Nicola