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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.

Baldwin Hills(Kenneth Hahn Regional State Park)

The Baldwin Hills are low mountain range in West Los Angeles. They were originally a Mexican land grant which was purchased by FPF Temple of Temple Block(currently LA City Hall) and Temple Street fame. After Temple’s bank failed in 1875, the land was purchased by Elias J. (Lucky) Baldwin(hence the name, Baldwin Hills) who used the land for grazing livestock. When Lucky passed on in the early 1900’s the land passed on to his daughter and oil was discovered on the land. The portion of the hills east of La Cienega Blvd(which cuts though a pass in the hills) is where the park is located, the western and southern portions are still active oil fields.

Grassy bowl.

Taken on 2016-03-12

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

This large bowl shaped area has hiking trails that surround it. It holds a bit of a dark history.

Informational sign at north side of grassy bowl.

Taken on 2016-03-12

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

The grassy bowl is the site of the Baldwin Hills reservoir which was part of the LA water system. In 1963, the dam which was at the northern end of the bowl broke(due partially to oil drilling) and flooded the residential and commercial areas to the north. Over 200 homes were destroyed and 5 people were killed.

Japanese Garden

Taken on 2016-03-12

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

There’s a small Japanese garden in the lower(western) portion of the park. It’s not very well maintained, especially compared to other Japanese gardens in the area(Huntington, Descanso, The Japanese Garden).

Fishing Lake.

Taken on 2016-03-12

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

There’s a pretty large lake, also in the lower portion of the park just south of the Japanese Garden. The lake is stocked with trout or catfish depending on the season.

View to the east.

Taken on 2018-03-05

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

One of the features that drew me to the park was the view it affords of Downtown Los Angeles with the snow capped San Gabriel Mountains in the winter. The mountain just to the right of downtown is Mt. San Antonio which is the highest point in Los Angeles County at about 10,000 feet in elevation. There are several viewing sites on the eastern end of the park. This is one that is more to the south near the hummingbird forest. Just beyond the houses at the right side of the photo is where the 1932 Olympic village was located, a concept that was introduced in the Olympics that year.

Closer view of Downtown Los Angeles and Mt. San Antonio.

Taken on 2018-03-05

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

This was take at the more northern viewpoint, just east of the grassy bowl. This was shot with a telephoto lens(145mm). You can see there is quite a bit of development in the southern portion of downtown.

IR view.

Taken on 2018-03-05

Kenneth Hahn State Regional Park, Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

This is a wider shot(50mm) again from the more northerly viewpoint in infrared.


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    raven says:

    Do they still have the Mt SAC Relays?

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    Quinerly says:


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    Elizabelle says:

    Love, love, love your LA area photos.

    Seeing the Japanese garden reminds me that we have a variation of that in RVA (Richmond) at Bryan Park (still has the pond and a little Japanese bridge nearby) — wish parks keepers would up the Japanese quotient.

    Maymont Park has a more formal set of Japanese gardens.

    Bill: I hope you are feeling well. Heard you took a tumble the other day. Cheers.

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    scav says:

    Baldy with snow! Always liked seeing that.

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    stinger says:

    As always, great pics on interesting topics.

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    J R in WV says:

    I have some photos I took in LA back in March after our whale adventure. Editing them is suddenly difficult somehow. But I’ll get them out for the Jackals. Museums.

    The mountaintop Getty Museum is astounding, I wish we had been able to spend more time there, but I caught a cold and holed up in our hotel room after the first trip up there. All white stone, a temple of beauty and knowledge on the mountain top…

    How could Getty [apparently the only emotion he ever had was greed!] have created such a thing? We’ll never understand, it is as if “dear leader” made the white house more beautiful somehow… completely impossible, but there it is.

    Thanks for the great pics Billin… always a great job.

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    @Elizabelle: I’m feeling better, I went up to Mt. Pinos(northwest of LA) to shoot early this morning. Nice high altitude(8500′) but lots of trees around the Nordic Base Camp so it obscured the view a bit.

    @scav: Actually, about a week before I took that pic, we got snow at pretty low elevations(about 2500′). That would have been a nice shoot, but most had melted after the clouds had cleared.

    @stinger: Thanks.

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    @J R in WV: Thanks. Personally, I like the Villa better; but the view from the Getty Center on a clear day is AMAZING. Getty liked pretty stuff and liked to show what HE OWNED(the greed part).

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