The Los Angeles Spread

Whenever I had to do work in Los Angeles in my prior job,  I often elected to drive (from Northern California) instead of booking a flight and flying into LAX.

My rationale was by the time I drove to the airport, parked, shuttled, waited, flew, picked up a rental car, I am really only gaining 1 1/2 to 2 hours of travel time.  I didn’t mind the easy drive, and liked the alone time and being in my own space.

Los Angeles from above web

Downtown L.A. buildings visible from this shot…

On the way to see my sisters in the East Coast last fall, my flight had a layover in LAX and I took these photos.

The view from above gave me a good perspective of the size of the greater Los Angeles area, and an appreciation for why it was easy to feel disoriented in such a big city.

LA Spread web

Higher up, L.A.’s downtown high rises blend into the wider landscape

Population wise, L.A. is the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S., after New York.

With over 13 million people, Los Angeles has the distinction of being the most populous city in California.  The Greater Los Angeles area has over 18 million people, making it the most populous county in the United States.

Cities similar in size to Los Angeles are London, Buenos Aires, and Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Southern California coast Leaving LAX

Leaving LAX – Southern California coastline

Post for the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge theme from Michelle W,  “On the Way”:

For this week’s photo challenge, stop and photograph the metaphorical roses (or the literal tulips). Share a shot of something you saw, did, or experienced on the way: a photo not of your destination, but of an interesting thing along the way. Show us something stunning others might have missed, or find some unexpected beauty in a mundane moment. Maybe we can all start looking at the in-betweens a bit differently!

So while my destination was the East Coast, I appreciated seeing Los Angeles. this time…from above.

9 thoughts on “The Los Angeles Spread

  1. Love this Lola Jane. What do you think of LA as a city? Do you like it? It is fun to visit but not sure if I could ever live somewhere with so much traffic and density.

  2. There are many people who love L.A., but it is not for me Nicole. There is traffic in the SF Bay Area, but L.A. traffic is in another category. It is just bad all the time. When I used to drive to San Diego, all would be well…until I got to L.A. It didn’t seem to matter what time, it is just bad.

    And the part about feeling disoriented to me is unnerving — due to how large it is. I think that is why I so appreciate the Central Coast…not that many residents, compared to the Bay Area and L.A. The aerial photos makes it easy to see how Los Angeles county is the most populous in the whole U.S!

    • Thank you, Ken. I always ask for a window seat 🙂 — though I’ve only just recently taken photos from the plane. These were from my cell phone camera. Amazing how advance these little devices are these days 🙂

      • It is indeed, LJ. It is generally acknowledged that the low end “point and shoot” camera’s days are numbered, as the smartphones have better cameras.

  3. I lived in L.A. for ten years and despite the fact that I have many friends there and how diverse the food is, I wouldn’t want to move back there. I’m a small town girl at heart…

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