A Los Angeles Scavenger Hunt

Mar 13, 2009 by Lisa Newton

About a month ago, I accepted an invitation to participate in a “local” photo scavenger hunt being hosted by Nicole over at NicoleB Photography.

I had so much fun taking all of these pictures—indeed, every time I reached for my camera, the scavenger hunt was in the back of my mind, as I’m trying to bring new and diverse ways to look at Los Angeles.

From the feedback I’ve received about Travelin’ Local, I’m certain that I’m succeeding in getting people interested in finding beauty, the unique, and the undiscovered that we take for granted living here.

When traveling, people always have a generalized and often times stereotypical view of Los Angeles.

We’re no different than any other big city, and have our share of urban and other problems. Be that as it may, we are the “Entertainment Capital” of the world, and California is one of the top destinations for travel, tourism, and relocation.

The future looks very bright for the City of Angels. So, without further adieu, the Los Angeles Scavenger Hunt is on:

1. Local currency

2. Local flag

3. Local food

4. Something rusty

5. Local wildlife

6. Local nature

7. Local stamp

8. Part of your neighborhood (it can be a very small part)

9. Traditional house

10. A local person

11. Local weather

12. Local transportation

13. Traditional local clothing

14. Night sky

15. Sunrise

16. Local product non-food

17. Something furry

18. Something feathery

19. A sign of the season

20. A part of you

21. Your main hobby

22. A local shop

23. A local restaurant

24. A street sign

25. A local mail box

As you can see, Los Angeles has a large, varied local landscape, full of characters, sites, sounds, and so much more.

I’d like to thank Nicole for hosting this contest, and if you’d like to see more of the other participants in the scavenger hunt, please visit 1st Scavenger Hunt on NicoleB Photography for the list of bloggers from all over the world.

If you did a scavenger hunt in your neighborhood, what would you find as you went Travelin’ Local?

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27 Responses to “A Los Angeles Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Lance says:

    What a fun post Lisa! I love all the different “looks” of Los Angeles! And, is that your bike? Is it one of the fold-up bikes? Very cool! My favorite shot – the sunrise!


  2. LisaNewton says:

    @ Lance Yupp, that’s my bike. I love riding it around the city, and I really love being able to fold it up, toss it in the back seat of the car or carry it on a Metro bus, and take it where ever I want to go. I think many people underestimate LA. It really is a great place……………..:)


  3. Will Campbell says:

    Awesome exhibition! At first I thought your bike was the fully-loaded one, which would be great if you’re “Travelin’ Distant” (like across the country).

    Will Campbell’s last blog post..Cactus As Teacher


  4. LisaNewton says:

    @ Will LOL………..I thought that might happen, but no I love travelin’ local on my folding bike. If I “travel distant,” I usually fly…………..:)


  5. Nicole says:

    I miss ocean views!
    Beautifully done.
    I like this collection a lot.
    And I am glad that so many participated in the hunt, so much to see :D


  6. Frank Levangie says:

    Dear Oven Goddess,

    As usual, you have done a great job……….. yur pics are so Venice !!!

    I especially like the native with the national bird of Venice…..



  7. Diane C. says:

    This photo scavenger hunt looks like fun! Your photos are so entertaining. My favs are the local wildlife, local person, and local mailbox photos. I love how your blog shows me around your city and inspires me to check out things in my area also.

    Diane C.’s last blog post..Skywatch Friday


  8. Lisa's Chaos says:

    Lisa these are great! I still love that Yorkie! And I love your creative take on a part of you!

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Camp Angel


  9. LisaNewton says:

    @ Nicole Thank you for hosting the hunt. I discovered so much new stuff about LA via this hunt.

    @ Frank I knew you’d like that one…………….:)

    @ Diane C. Travelin’ Local is about finding interesting places in LA, but I hope everyone opens their eyes to what they have in their own backyards.

    @ Lisa The yorkie was owned by a gentleman I met on a trail I was walking. His dog was so cute and bouncy, I asked the owner if I could photograph him and the dog owner said, “Yes.” This yorkie was made for pictures…………….:)


  10. Henie says:

    Hi Lisa! Just FYI…I asked Kathleen from tinkerbellsmommakat.wordpress.com to put up a link for you for the Dream Contest…you might drop in and thank her! She’s great! She’s also Kathleen for Dr Cason’s site.

    Have a great weekend!:~)

    Henie’s last blog post..The Lure


  11. LisaNewton says:

    @ Henie Thank you so much.


  12. Nicole’s Scavenger Hunt « Musings from inside, outside, and underneath says:

    [...] (USA) Jientje (Belgium) Lisa’s Chaos (USA) Phojus (UK) TJ (USA) Kristi (USA) Lisa (USA) Keera (Norway) Ang (USA) Chris (USA) Pamela (USA) Carol (USA) Mathew (Ireland) L-Squared [...]

  13. dc says:

    Heh, I love the humor. Local wildlife indeed!

    dc’s last blog post..Almost… there…!


  14. Nicole says:

    The Poll is up and running – you might want to send your people voting ;)


  15. LisaNewton says:

    @dc LOL………I love LA’s local wildlife.

    @ Nicole Thanks for letting me know.


  16. Dan says:

    Cool!!! I liked the bird man feeding the pigeons…sorta touching! Thanks!!

    Dan’s last blog post..Blogaversary!


  17. LisaNewton says:

    @ Dan I’m glad you enjoyed it…………….:)


  18. Scriber's Web says:

    I love your interpretation! Great photos! You really show how unique LA is. My favorite has to be the furry photo.

    Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse of your city! This is so much fun!

    Scriber’s Web’s last blog post..Scavenger Hunt


  19. Chris says:

    You have posted some excellent photos and I particularly enjoyed how you interpreted some of the list items. Some of my favs are night sky, local person, and the hilarious cow.

    Chris’s last blog post..Scavenger Hunt: Knoxville


  20. Pamela says:

    You had me with the faux cow. It just put me in the Moooooood

    Wonderful wonderful photos.

    Pamela’s last blog post..A Recipe for Happiness


  21. Kristi S says:

    Nice job! Thanks for the intimate look at LA

    Kristi S’s last blog post..Photo Scavenger Hunt- Completed!


  22. Mojo says:

    Your hood is very photogenic! I suppose if I had to pick a fave from this bunch it would be the night sky shot. Very striking! I’ve found that seems to be my favorite on most of the entries though. You definitely have a wide cross section of subjects to work with, that’s for sure! Well played. Very well played indeed.

    and if you want to see what I see while “Travelin’ Local”, I did this Hunt too. C’mon by and check out life in the slow lane.

    Mojo’s last blog post..Macro Monday #2: "Sharp"


  23. LisaNewton says:

    @ Scriber’s Web Thank you. I had so much fun shooting these pictures. I’m glad you liked them.

    @ Chris Thank you. As soon as I saw the “wildlife” I knew it was what I wanted for LA.

    @ Pamela The cow seems to be a favorite. I must admit, I was surprised to see it in someone’s yard.

    @ Kristi S Thank you, I’m glad you liked them.

    @ Mojo Yes, I love my “hood.” Actually the night shot was taken about 50 yards from my own “hood.” I look forward to visiting everyone’s hood.


  24. Jientje says:

    Your “local person” is one of the best I’ve seen so far! Priceless!
    I enjoyed your series!

    Jientje’s last blog post..Macro Monday and a Secret Wish


  25. LisaNewton says:

    @ Jietje Thank you. He was very unique……………:)


  26. Sara says:


    This is my first visit to your site and it was a wonderful trip through LA. I loved the “local wildlife” and the “local person”…well, actually I loved the whole idea of a scavenger hunt with pictures. I noticed your picture of “a part of you” was you taking a picture of your shadow. As the one in my family who is always behind the camera, I often use shadow shots of myself in different places…It’s kind of fun to look back at my “shadow” self…and this doesn’t refer to JUNG in any way!

    Sara’s last blog post..More than just 5 words in a journal


  27. LisaNewton says:

    @ Like you, I’m almost never in a shot, and I haven’t ventured into the world of self-portraits yet. I loved the scavenger hunt, too, and would love to do something like it again. Thank you for visiting.


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