Appropriate, given the weather craziness out East, with impacts stretching all the way out to LAX travelers.
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The 110 into downtown LA.
Sometimes the traffic can look nice! As long as you’re not in it, of course.
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Our own photography whiz Michael Robinson Chavez is currently on a month-long assignment in Brazil, and what better way to keep the world updated on his travels than Instagram?
Climbing Mount Fuji
Long admired for its beauty, and well-traveled by those looking for a gorgeous view or a climbing challenge, Mount Fuji faces a new challenge: Being named a world heritage site.
Climbing Mount Fuji, Japan’s most iconic landmark, is a group activity: Seldom is it climbed in solitude. The recent recognition of the 12,388-foot peak as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has many here worried that it will draw still more people, adding to the wear and tear on the environment from the more than 300,000 who already climb the mountain each year.
Photos: David Guttenfelder / Associated Press
The best of our reader’s summer vacations
We asked, and you answered: Our yearly look at the best photography from your summer breaks has resulted in a crazy amount of stunning shots (and plenty of vacation envy). The photos above are just a tiny sample of the favorites picked out from the submissions
Photos: Ken Lee, Joselle Celine Gilvezan, Deanna Bowers, Lyndon W. Wong, Lynn Novatt, Michelle Nolan, Riley Hayes
Scenes from before the civil war in Syria
The unrest in Syria that swiftly turned into an escalating civil war began in 2011, and with no end in sight, the pre-war country fades further and further into the distance. Now, with the possibility of U.S. military intervention, depending on congressional action and President Obama, take a look at what life was once like in the war-torn country.
Photos: Louai Beshara, Anwar Amro / AFP/Getty Images, Bassem Tellawi, Hussein Malla / Associated Press, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad / Getty Images
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"The cable car is dead. Long live the cable car."
So says reporter Christopher Reynolds, who along with photographer Mark Boster composed an endearing love letter to San Francisco that begins with the cable cars, warts and all:
The oohing and ahhing over the world’s only remaining manually operated big-city cable car system will begin shortly. But first, let’s admit a few things:
That rats congregate near the cable car turntable by Ghirardelli Square. That panhandlers still plague the gritty turntable at Powell and Market streets. That $6 a ride would be one of the worst public transit bargains in the West, if these cars were really about public transit. That some conductors and gripmen are as rude as the hills are steep. That for prompt cross-town travel in daylight hours, the Powell Street lines are about as practical as a Ferris wheel.
Yet as many a San Franciscan can tell you, the heart wants what the heart wants.
Photos: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
World War II, chemical weapons and…bunny rabbits?
The pretty little island of Okunoshima is known for two things: It was there that the Japanese military once cooked up chemical weapons, a mission so guarded that the spot did not exist on official World War II-era maps. And it is totally overrun by fluffy bunny rabbits.
Read more on the dual identity of Okunoshima, which during WWII hosted extensive Japanese chemical weapons projects, and is now also known by tourists for its extensive rabbit population.
Photo: Emily Alpert / Los Angeles Times
Anyone who’s traveled to popular touristic sites knows the feeling of being caught in the crossfire of countless camera lenses—the annoyed (and annoying) jockeying to capture the perfect shot…which in most cases looks exactly like everyone else’s. When we stumbled across Richard Silver’s photographs of iconic monuments, we were shocked—caught in the same tourist hustle, Silver manages to give us a new perspective on famous landmarks we didn’t think possible. Read more!
How to take the “monumental” out of the worlds monuments. Super cool.
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A captivating journey to the Philippines
Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco, along with friends Hersley Ven Casero and Eli Reed, took a trip to his hometown in the Philippines, and as is their nature as photographers, they documented the trip. The photos above are just a sampling of the work the trio produced while overseas.
Photos: Eli Reed, Hersley Ven Casero, Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
The intersections between Los Angeles and literature
Yesterday marked the debut of our Literary L.A. feature, which highlights literary hotspots across the city. Want to go where Ray Bradbury wrote “Fahrenheit 451” on a type writer fueled by dimes? We have you covered.
And of course, the tool’s a work-in-progress, so send over your feedback on authors, works or mentions you’d like to see included!
Check out the tool here, or get psyched for this weekend’s Festival of Books, running from April 20-21 at the USC Campus.
The man behind the Polaroid Kidd
Photographer Mike Brodie documented a lengthy series of travels across the country starting in 2004, taking on the moniker of the “Polaroid Kidd.” Though his work has been met with acclaim, and is currently on display at the M+B Gallery in Los Angeles, he’s since stepped away from the world of photography.
So what inspired Brodie to explore the country in such a rough way? From photographer Barbara Davidson’s interview with him:
"The punk scene, like radical anarchists and all these feminist girls, at the time, their ideas and way of life were really interesting and inspiring to me and really gave me the push to think for myself and, well, hit the road. I saw 46 states via freight train; the journey was 10 years, the book was culled from four years’ worth of photographs."
Photos: Mike Brodie / M+B Gallery
Check out 13 panoramic images of Southern California travel destinations, such as downtown L.A.’s Bradbury Building, the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Crystal Cove’s cottages, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Griffith Observatory and more.
Pano credit: Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times