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Ballona Creek in Black & White

Dec 30, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Yesterday’s rain brought back memories of the week long rain we had just a few days ago.

Just when you think it’s going to be a sunny day, nature tricks you and out come the clouds and showers.

Alright, my aim is not to keep ranting and raving about the rain, but I wanted to give you a little background for the upcoming pictures I took:

On Tuesday, after four solid days of rain, there was a very short break in the action. I wanted to see the water levels of the LA River, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it all the way there before the storm started again.

So, I decided for the next best thing–Ballona Creek!

The water level wasn’t as high as I thought it might be.

All the photos are in black and white. To me, there’s always a certain charm about seeing a photo in B&W. Their texture is full of line and form, and they contain the world weariness associated with age and antiquity about them.

This is how the Creek looked almost a year ago just before the storms hit in January 2010:

That’s quite a difference.

Although not taken from the exact same location, the number 35 is clearly visible in both shots. Here’s the bridge crossing Ballona Creek:

I love a simple bridge.

I hope to make the B&W feature a more regular component of some of my photo shoots on Travelin’ Local.

But tomorrow, we’ll continue to follow this B&W sidewalk back into the world of color.

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