Thursday, August 13, 2009

Branching Out...

It's not that South Pasadena is oblivious to the effects of heritage trees. Sure, many or our streets are uneven (take a look at the curb above!) and a lot of clay sewage pipes burst from tangled roots underground. We understand. Trees can cause damage to infrastructure. And on a similar unromantic note, we should eat our vegetables, avoid cake and choose comfortable shoes rather than heels.

But sometimes, practical just can't trump beautiful. Why go for pragmatism when you can enjoy nature's gorgeous, fanciful expression?

16 comments:

Judy Williams said...

Their shapes create a lacy shadow play on the street! I love this in black and white.

Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.

William Butler Yeats

Cafe Pasadena said...

Unfortunately your political philosophy of trees wasn't on the Pasadena city council earlier this year.

Anton said...

Mr. Escher! Where have you been?

altadenahiker said...

I'm there! (Philosophically speaking.)

Anton said...

Labyrinthically?

dbdubya said...

What happened in Pasadena with the removal of mature ficus trees would not likely happen in South Pasadena. People would march on City Hall with pitchforks like the scene in Frankenstein when they go to the windmill.

These heritage trees provide another valuable service. They catch palm fronds and keep them from hitting people walking by as can be seen in this photo.

Laurie said...

I'm so glad South Pas reveres its trees and old buildings. Removing trees in Pasadena still leaves me scratching my head. I am surprised, considering how much trees are a part of the city's heritage. And I'm still reeling over the new astronomy building at Caltech. I don't think planners could have chosen a more incongruous, stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb design for that historical area.

Yakpate said...

Lacy patterns like the one created by these tree branches add an element of glamour to what is already beautiful.

It reminds me of Love in the Afternoon, when Audrey Hepburn metamorphosed from a schoolgirl to a lover merely by pulling a lacy veil over her innocent face.

TheChieftess said...

I love So Pas for the very fact that they love their trees and they keep close tabs on their architectural heritage!!!!

Jean Spitzer said...

This photo is beautiful. Do you happen to know the name of this type of tree? I've loved them for years, but no one I've asked has had a clue.

Shanna said...

When I was in Pasadena recently and saw what was happening with the trees, I was horrified. I was also very hot due to lack of shade. I now shop and dine only in areas where there are beautiful-to-look-at and shady-to-keep-me-cool-and-protect-my-skin... trees.

dbdubya said...

They appear to be camphor trees, Jean. South Pasadena, and Pasadena, have many of them.

Jean Spitzer said...

Thanks, dbdubya. I love the way these trees provide shade all year.

Cafe Pasadena said...

One reason why the So Pasa's would be less likely to allow the word, "TIMBER", in their midst is their residents have deeper roots in their community compared to the relatively high transients here. And I think a reason for that is that SP is still relatively unknown in So Cal!

However, to our credit the govment had to wait for the dead of nite to bring their chainsaws.

Laurie said...

Thanks, all. I've been photographing a lot of trees lately so I'm sure we'll continue this conversation! Til next time...

Jilly said...

Too right. And a gorgeous photograph to prove your point, not that it needing proving.