Some say that, besides geology and fossils, there is nothing ancient in Southern California.
Actually, there exists something here that is 13,000 years old and still lives.
Yet, that may not be for much longer.
June 27, 1887. This image was taken by photographer Edwin H. Hushe from a hot air balloon at about 9,000 feet above Los Angeles. It looks eastward and is believed to be the earliest known aerial image of Los Angeles. The unchannelled Los Angeles River is prominently featured. Then, the city barely had a population of 50,000 (now about 4 million). Note the small, circular, wheel-like feature, center left in the image. That is the Los Angeles Plaza, now part of El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument (including Olvera Street). Also note the farmland closely surrounding the city.
There are 96 million black plastic balls floating on the Los Angeles reservoir and, contrary to popular belief, their primary purpose is not to reduce evaporation.