Sunday, January 16, 2011

Neighbors

Full disclosure: I crept over the border and into San Marino for this shot. These trees are part of the glorious Lacy Park. (But if you'll notice, they're leaning toward South Pas...)

15 comments:

Dixie Jane said...

I wish I could look at these palms without boring you with my past, where they were prevalent. But I can't. So I'll just say, "Aint they grand?"

Julie Hill said...

Hmmm....it don't matter....we all love Lacy Park. These palms are the epitome of So Cal....well done Laurie.

Judy Williams said...

As long as they are leaning in the right direction - there is no cheating going on here.

I love how the wispy clouds are almost pierced by the palm fronds. VERY California. It is so dreary here that this is honestly, the bright spot of my day.

Anonymous said...

You should do a book of palm pictures. I love every one of yours. Can you believe I have never been to Lacy Park?

Michelle

Laurie said...

I knew you would identify with this one, Mom!

Michelle, you really must check out Lacy Park. It is like a real oasis. Hard to believe when you are there that you are in the city. It really feels like another dimension.

I have dreams of making our Lower Arroyo Park on par with Lacy. There is no reason not to other than funding. It is just as naturally beautiful.

dbdubya said...

If the palms are in Lacy Park and they are leaning towards South Pasadena, then the palms are leaning left - in more ways that one.

Lacy Park is perhaps the nicest park in Southern California, but it's got a bit of an ugly history. When I was very young, we lived in San Marino for a short while. The park was a bike ride away and a fun place to play. It also had no fences. The park is now fenced with a gate and I believe they still charge admission on the weekend for non-San Marino residents. The fence and gate were installed to keep the non-San Marino riff-raff out of this oasis. Find if you live in San Marino, but not very inviting to visitors.

Laurie said...

I don't like the admission fee either, Db. But it is open to the public during the week and I love the vibe then. There are some amazing old-timers doing Tai Chi in the mornings. Lovely and inspiring. Little Bit loves to ride her bike around the big track.

dbdubya said...

I used to ride my Raleigh 3 speed bike around that same track.

Margaret said...

I'll cut you slack, but just this once.

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Mister Earl said...

San Marino? There goes your image.

Barbara said...

Beautiful picture. I love Lacy Park, except for its exclusionary policies. That big iron fence wasn't always there, keeping the people out and keeping the trees in.

Mister Earl said...

Speaking of making Arroyo Park beautiful, I hear there's a proposal before the city council to put a soccer field on top of a reservoir. Apparently this will be very expensive and is not recommended for security reasons. According to my source, a few years ago, a proposal to put a soccer field in Arroyo Park was shot down for lack of funds. Maybe maybe the council can be convinced to improve Arroyo Park instead of putting a soccer field on a reservoir.

alex said...

"If the palms are in Lacy Park and they are leaning towards South Pasadena, then the palms are leaning left - in more ways that one."

so true!

dbdubya said...

There has been discussion for several years about putting a park on top of Garfield reservoir whenever the city gets around to rebuilding the aging reservoir. There's been talk of soccer fields, tennis courts, etc. The problem is that there is no parking in the residential neighborhood and no money. There are funds for rebuilding the reservoir but not the millions needed to top it off with a park. Some on the City Council still discuss it which encourages the supporters and annoys the neighbors. Those that keep bringing it up are either unable to figure out it won't happen or dont have the courage to be honest about the chances.