Jane Engle / Los Angeles Times
Del Rey Del Rey, an off-the-radar Westside enclave sandwiched between Marina del Rey and nouveau hip Culver City, is neither glitzy nor scenically stunning. Which is exactly why you should take star-struck out-of-towners here for quiet pleasures and little discoveries. Settled by Japanese Americans who fled the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Del Rey was farmland for decades and then, after World War II, a planned community. Now it's a loosely defined neighborhood of modest-size homes, small businesses and a stir-fry (or taco salad) of Asian and Latino cultures. Pictured: A great blue heron perches on a shore rock at Ballona Creek, part of a wetlands wonderland. The heron, which can stand 4 feet tall or higher, is the largest in North America and has a 6-foot wingspan.
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