Photos: Wendy Chan

Photos: Wendy Chan

I was fortunate to attend an elementary school situated next to a natural hillside. Appropriately named Hillside Elementary School, I remember observing the seasons change across the school’s hillside from green, to green with brown tips, then finally to completely brown. I loved watching the brown grass sway with the wind, imagining them as prairie fields with a mythical creature living inside a small cave nestled into the hillside.

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As a kid I perceived this hillside scene as the definition of nature’s beauty, even though in reality it was just an undeveloped hillside within the Los Angeles urban environment. Now that I am older, I appreciate these moments and the feelings the Los Angeles landscape still evokes: the way the brown grass sways with the breeze, the sight of Yucca flowers dotting the hillsides, or the lone tree standing tall above a field of native grass. The Los Angeles landscape has a unique charm and beauty, and photography gives me the means to capture the natural beauty endemic to Southern California that continues to inspire the imagination.

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  1. May 7, 2015

    Reblogged this on Typefiend™ and commented:
    Even within the bounds of a metropolis like Los Angeles are hidden sections of natural beauty where our imagination can run free.


  2. September 4, 2022

    These are beautiful! Can’t imagine we have natural treasure around us. LA.
    Where is this grass field location?

    Best wishes!


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