Monday, February 1, 2010

Wooded

Today is the first of the month, also known as Theme Day for participating City Daily Photo bloggers. This month's theme is Wood. This is an obvious photo choice, but can you blame me? As a Tree City, South Pasadena might actually have more trees than people. I can hardly think of a street that isn't shaded by a lush canopy. The big thicket gives our landscape a magical sort of Druid-ish/Middle Earth quality. It's a surprise for those who think the Los Angeles area is limited to freeways, beaches, strip malls and palms. Not to disrespect our beloved palms, it's just that here they are upstaged by camphors, oaks, elms, flowering pears, crape myrtles, ginkos, junipers, maples and sycamores .

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17 comments:

Judy Williams said...
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Judy Williams said...

Great use of space and line in this shot. I love how the tree in the foreground sweeps in a delicate curve to ward the upper left corner. This makes me think that spring is not too far away. Right now it's 29 outside and 60 downstairs since our thermostat is messed up.

Julie Hill said...

Lauree, love the composition on this one: the curve of the road, the tree in the foregrond, the way you cropped it all...and the lil' speck of life and the end....and of course that you captured our town just as it is...beautiful

Yakpate said...

Yes, definitely a magical quality in this curve of the road, where the young trees appear to tint the air with their new green. Your shot has given me Spring Fever!

San Diego Farmgirl said...

Tee hee! You said wood!

altadenahiker said...

Ah, you caught two of my favorites: Camphor and sycamore.

Farmgirl needs a timeout.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Yours is a tree city. I enjoy the view of this photo's location from atop my adjacent hilltop.

dbdubya said...

I agree - no palm trees! Did you know that camphor trees are actually cinnamon trees? It has small fruit that turn nearl black when ripe. Squeeze one and it smells like cinnamon.

Margaret said...

I swear you see this city in a whole different way than I do. Your way is better.

Anonymous said...

for canopy, check Milan south of Huntington or Bushnell above and below Huntington.....

Anonymous said...

Nifty shot. Love your blog.

Mister Earl said...

Interesting about the cinnamon. Apparently, camphor and cinnamon trees are in the same family, although the cinnamon we eat comes from the bark of a different tree. They are both in the laurel family.

Farmgirl: I know, huh!

Kim said...

So lovely to see the arching branch frame the shot of the leafy trees afar. Your area is so lovely to drive/walk through. I'm glad you take us on your sightseeing adventures around SoPas.
Love the sun and shadow here, too!
-Kim

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

tree city, i like that name. great observation to highlight on theme day!

Jilly said...

Such a beautifully peaceful and green scene. A lovely choice, Laurie.

Laurie said...

Thanks, y'all! Until tomorrow...

Laurie said...

(Oh, and welcome anon and anon!)