Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tree Decorations

Vermont and New Hampshire get all the credit for fall leaves, but every December South Pas puts on a pretty great show of seasonal colors. From maples to ginkos, local trees create a gorgeous palette of red and gold ... just in time for Christmas.

20 comments:

Linda said...

When I saw this thumbnail on another blog I had to come and check it out. I've visited Pasadena in high summer, and couldn't imagine what it would look like in autumn.

Judy Williams said...

Oh I love fall leaves. We are more like California in that it's autumnal in the color palette during December and January here in Texas. But it can't help but put you in the mood for hot chocolate and mulled cider, no matter what month it is. :)

Mister Earl said...

If you feel like leaves are fallin'
If you feel like smilin'
Fall leaves are smilin'
Fall leaves are smilin' smilin' smilin'

IF YOU FEEL

Laurie said...

Cool, Earl!

Linda, I had lived in Los Angeles for two decades and didn't realize the San Gabriel Valley had such lovely fall colors. Other than Hancock Park and I few random maples, I never saw fall leaves in LA.

I didn't understand why so many people were planting ginkos until I saw them in full December bright yellow. I have a shot I'll post next week of one of those. I've been getting a little postcard-ish/wish you were here with my shots here lately but it's such a pretty time of year.

dbdubya said...

I now live in an area where there are real significant seasonal changes. But as a resident of Southern California for nearly 60 years, I can attest that there are definitiely changes in the seasons. They are subtle, but very evident to those who are aware and are watching for them.

Autumn, my favorite season, has the musty smell that comes out of the heater vents the first time in 6 months the heat is turned on. The first rainstorm after months, and the resultant slipping and sliding on the wet oil soaked streets. The Santa Ana winds and the pile of leaves they create. And, not so much anymore, the smell of steer manure on top of rye grass seed.

December and the start of winter has the coldest nights of the year where it can actually freeze. Snow on the distant mountaintops. Traffic jams caused by people who believe it's safer to drive faster and get out of the rain instead of slowing down. "Storm Watch" on the news when a quarter inch is expected. And the occasional mudslide following a fire.

Spring is when the decidious trees leaf out. Hay fever. Bright sunny days that are crystal clear. Roses in bloom. The parks are filled with people playing baseball instead of soccer.

Finally, summer, when you appreciate the joy of air conditioning for the first time, regardless of the cost. Top down weather at night. The smell of sun screen (used to be tanning oil). A headache and sore throat caused by the smog. Sleeping with all the windows open for the first time and the sound of crickets outside.

Not as dramatic as the first snow fall, but still, something to appreciate if you are sensitive enough to recognize the changes.

TheChieftess said...

Faboulous photo Laurie!!! SoPas actually has some orange red...most of our color up here was yellow and yellow orange!!! I love the shadows too...almost purple!!!

DB is loving the seasons up here...can you tell he's a seasonal kind of guy???

Laurie said...

DB, in case I haven't told you lately, I love the way you write. Your descriptions are so fantastic.

Steer manure on rye grass seed. Always brings a smile to my face!

Chieftess, thanks. I've been so taken with your snow pictures lately. Whenever I have tried to take pictures of snow -- few, but I have tried -- they end up blown out, mushy and overexposed.

Mister Earl said...

Yeah, I was gonna say, DBW is revealing a side we haven't seen before. Must not be many bears or barfights to distract him.

TheChieftess said...

I know what you mean about taking pics of the snow...it's hard to get the right tonality...there's an article in Digital Photography School all about taking good snow pics...helpful!!!

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/why-is-the-snow-in-my-pictures-so-blue

Mr E...the bears are snuggling in for their winter naps so not much in the way of bear problems...as for bar fights...we were leaving our favorite wine bar up here last Saturday night and as we walked outside, some of Mammoth's finest were at the bar across the way taking statements from witnesses to the fight that occurred...complete with ambulance and paramedics...apparently one guy was knocked out cold!!! So of course, the Chief had to check it out...and I went back in to the wine bar for another glass of wine!!!

Shanna said...

We have a gorgeous, huge tree in with the pines in back that has just turned bright yellow.

dbdubya said...

The Chieftess is right, Mr. Earl. Most the bears have gone to bed, and the barfights are only at night. So, I have too much time on my hands.

Laurie said...

Db, write a book!!!

Mister Earl said...

We always knew that, DB.

TheChieftess said...

Don't believe everything DB tells you Mr E!!!

Leovi said...

Beautiful pictures with the golden hues of autumn, a true wonder. Greetings.

Dixie Jane said...

Steer manure on rye grass seed. So picturesque and aromatic.

These trees are so beautiful. You can't beat fall for spectacular color, wherever they happen to be. And you be lucky to have them close by.

Dixie Jane said...

DB: I love the way you write too. All those descriptions, funny smell when you turn on the heat for the first time come the fall chill. That happens wherever you live. More, more, more, DB.

Laurie said...

Yes, DB. More more!!!

Laurie said...

OH, and welcome Leovi!

Trish said...

wow...memories and a BEAUTIFUL shot!

I used to do windsprints up that hill...from about that red-orange tree on the right all the way up to the top of the hill. Good gawd, I was young then! and...in better shape too!

Irony is that when the people who bought the house on that corner in the 80's (the red-orange tree..japanese maple?) moved in, they took out EVERY LAST FLIPPIN TREE in the yard---some older than the houses. And yet, now there is a beautiful tree there.

Also STILL amazes me that the roads have not been resurfaced in 30 years...that cut-line on the right side of the road went in when cable TV was laid in the late 70s? Came thru, dug up the street, laid the cable, put the dirt back and laid down asphalt. Testament that while SoPas DOES have seasons, we don't have snow or freezes like other places if the streets last that long!