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 Splendor of the City

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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Content Created by:

Heidi Harmon

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WHY ARE WE HERE?

Experience a new perspective and a moment of tranquility.

Appreciate the beauty and magnitude of Los Angeles.

Suggested Reading:

Architecture review: What should a big-city park look like? Los Angeles Times, Apr. 23, 2009

Native Plants of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park guide, 2009-2010 

Updates & Reopening Information

 

 

WHAT IS OUR CALL TO TESHUVAH?

Foster humility by reflecting on the vastness of the city.

Value living in a city full of diverse communities.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the sky and the hills that we may not see in our everyday views.

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Beauty from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

By Heidi Harmon

I believe that beauty exists

whether or not the beautiful thing recognizes its own beauty and

whether or not others admire the beautiful thing.

So I find safety in assuming that beauty exists everywhere

and that recognizing it

lies at the top of my list of

things I must do.

I’ve heard people say that while in Switzerland, no matter which direction you point your camera,

you cannot help but capture beauty.

I have not heard this said of Los Angeles.

Yet beauty finds me everywhere in my city of angels.

This beauty includes a grittiness, granted,

particularly in today’s 90-degree weather.

Dry, dusty grasses and sages smell like California.

 

I look upon my city in all directions and see

brilliantly colored graffiti looking back at me from the base of the overlook,

a cherry red ’57 Chevy lowrider,

a monk’s bright orange robe,

a Fender Stratocaster in sparkly teal,

a mural with extraordinary greens and blues with a portion of yellow.

 

I hear a low murmur of traffic, music, and languages.

 

I taste both hard-earned and easy sweat,

exquisite kisses, and

tears of life-saving joy and of

excruciating grief.

I sob with relief knowing that my very hard heart has softened and is recovering.

The beauty of love, joy, ease, and safety has won.

 

I spend some time in this mikvah of

smells, sights, sounds, and tastes.

Then I step out of it, dry myself off, and return to my city down the hill

knowing I belong in it with everybody else.

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https://www.parks.ca.gov

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Volunteers help preserve and protect the park’s precious natural and cultural resources. People, wildlife, and native plants are living life and celebrating! Apply to become a State Park Volunteer and really make your local park shine! Click here for volunteer application.

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