This post starts a look at a few miles of the L.A. River going north from Atwater Village to the 134 that will continue for the next week or so.

Because the river bottom is mostly unpaved along this stretch, there's a lot of trees, birds, fish, and wildlife, all just a few feet away from the Golden State Freeway.

The L.A. River plays a huge part in the ongoing history of the city's graffiti, and is of course reviled by many city officials.

All photos by Mark Mauer. More after the jump.

All photos by Mark Mauer. Got some pictures? Email us at lurker (@)

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