We’re certainly not known as a city of skyscrapers, but in a way, the steel rectangles we do have are some of L.A.’s best buildings because they multiply the natural beauty around them. As I walked through Hollywood the other day, I was struck not only by the number of glass-fronted towers that line the stretch of Sunset Boulevard near Schrader, but also by the impressive way that they reflected the postcard-perfect blue sky. The result was something like a David Hockney painting, blown up to streetscape size. This building in particular stood out to me due to the presence of one lonely palm out front, which seemed to have its head cocked to one side, admiring the view. It made sense. In L.A, palm trees use our skyscrapers as mirrors.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato eater, and a walker in L.A. She shares an experience from her adventures around town at CityThink. Follow her daily on Instagram at @awalkerinLA, on Twitter, or at her blog, and use the hashtag #betteroffped to share your own photographs of walking in L.A.