John & Anne Wiley

2012/04/27

Oil Hills

The hills in SoCA are alive with oil, and the manses it built. Now I don’t know if this particular manse between Calabasas and Simi was built with “Beverly Hillbilly” oil money, but I like the moat.

1640 Moat Manse

1640 Moat Manse

The moat is actually a runoff control system, and the fence might be as much for falling rock as invading hordes. I like the golf green lawn, and how the whole castle and pool fits into the hillside. The nearby oil facilities, not so much.

1642 Rock Oil

1642 Rock Oil

Granted it almost disappears amid the rocks, but it still seems incompatible. With all the cool rock shapes, seems to me the native peoples used to hang out here. So I guess it’s just my imagination of the ancient silence there being broken by the machinery that doesn’t fit for me. Are these holes in the rock too deep to have been used for making food?

1648 Food or Fantasy?

1648 Food or Fantasy?

If I were living in a stone age culture, stones like these would appeal much more than the relatively small amount of petroleum harvested here.

1649 Oil Town

1649 Oil Town

Of course, a few decades ago it was a veritable flood, and until biofuels are available we get above it all by burning a gallon of the stuff they’re pulling out of the ground to traverse 20 miles of ancient stories.

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