Monday, April 4, 2011

Secret Stair Session: Walk #23 - Black cats, ladybugs, and besties.

Spring is here! And as you may or may not know, I have this goal to visit every secret stair location in the book by Fleming called "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles."

Spring is such a beautiful season. I adore going out and exploring the city with such sun-smooched weather. Flowers are blooming, bees are pollinating and the air is crisp and clear. In LA, concrete jungles and real nature are not at all far from each other. We are so lucky.

My friend Itzy and I both had the day off and did this 3 hour stair session in the eastern part of Los Angeles, called Silverlake. The sun was glistening and the weather was a fine 74 degrees.

As we approached our first staircase, we were greeted by a friendly black cat walking down the stairs towards us.  We said hello and gave it a good rub.  I don't know what was up but we came across three other black cats en route. They usually are considered bad luck when they cross paths, but Itzy and I saw them as good omens, as met us at every new turn on the map. Perhaps that specific neighborhood has a thing for black cats. Who knows?  There were also dozens of ladybugs and Itz and I acknowledged them to be signs of good luck. With the cats, the ladybugs, the weather, exercise and some good convo,  I couldn't have asked for better time.

Here are pics from the excursion. Although it wasn't a very fashionable day for us, the views, beauty in LA nature and homes in the urban city were amazing.

Angelenos, did you know that Silverlake has an actual lake? I would've never thought. But it obviously makes sense.

Black Cat #1

This home (or castle) used to belong to Judy Garland back in the 1930s.

Front entrance to Garland home

Colorblocking on a house!

Testing out my new reflector.

Black cat #4

Another ladybug! Lol.

Me doing the stupid duckface.  Us ladies can't help it!


  1. Beautiful shots!! I love L.A. in the springtime. Funny though, I didn't know Silverlake actually has a lake! lol.

  2. I love the tile to the entrance of the house. Great blog BTW. I look forward to reading more posts.