Saturday, February 4, 2012

Week 5 - Cold

Southern California is not known for it's changes in the seasons.  We have basically have a cold fall-spring, a cold spring-fall, spring and summer, depending on how you look at it.  Compared to the rest of the country, we have a mild winter and our cold is cold for So Cal.

We do, on occasion, have weather other than sunshine and temperatures in the 70's.  Last winter, we was actually a wet one.  There was a lot of rain and snow, for us.  Now the snow was at the higher elevations, which is within a thirty minute drive if you just want to see and play in the snow, and as close as an hour if you want to enjoy winter snow sports.  We did have heavy winds earlier this winter, which caused power outages lasting anywhere from a few minutes to more than a week in some places.  The utility companies just couldn't handle the repair demand.

All of this unusual weather, for us, creates a disequilibrium for the urban flora and fauna, as well as the city folk.  I chose this tree to represent cold.  This tree just seemed to be hanging onto it's leaves.  There were many trees that had given up the struggle of hanging onto theirs.  This tree, on a major street, Pico Boulevard, not far from the intercession Pico and Sepulveda.

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This tree stands tall above the smaller trees that have succumb to our mild winter season.  There are tens of thousands of cars that pass by here on a daily basis not noticing this tree's determination to enter spring with some of it's leaves.  So, I thought I would take this photo and show how it is championing it battle.  If you look closely, you can see it waving at you while it continues to overcome the winter in the hope of restored spring.


Sherry said...

Love pictures with a great story - crazy weather does mess with the trees. Angle of photo really shows the height of the tree.

Jeff Ballam said...

Nice angle!! There's a tree in Burbank I want to shoot one day. It's in someone's yard, so I'd want to get permission. It has this unique texture and would look great in B&W. I love the connection to the tree and weather.

Jan said...

Love it! The photo AND your post.
Great take on the prompt, Kym.

Thanks for linking up at focus52!