John & Anne Wiley

2011/07/20

Mystery

We enjoy the PBS Masterpiece Mystery series, and somehow today’s news of a mystery in San Diego has a similar fictional quality. It’s all too real, yet maybe I’m somewhat de-sensitized by the programs or the fact it all looked so peaceful when we flew over a few days ago.

2162 Spreckels Mystery

2162 Spreckels Mystery

The red-roofed mansion in the middle of the photo was the scene of tragic events over recent days. Somehow it has me imagining troubles in some of the other mansions we saw, like this mysterious looking place in La Jolla.

2204 Into Dark Water

2204 Into Dark Water

OK, maybe my imagination is running amok here. Nothing about this nearby scene other than the obvious real estate values indicates anything other than completely normal and happy families.

2119 Normal Mansions

2119 Normal Mansions

Oh, but then with the touch of a slider in my editing app, a fake moonlight hue on this scene next door has me imagining a dark and stormy night with furtive figures in those caves…

2120 Into Darkness

2120 Into Darkness

But getting a grip now, it’s easy to imagine a quiet couple sitting on their veranda enjoying a sparkling view from a home they bought decades ago and are now enjoying in a modest retirement. The grandkids love to visit and play in the airy caves, with the echo of gentle waves splashing in the sun.

2082 Sunny Mood

2082 Sunny Mood

Now I’m going to watch a Nova program.  🙂

Comment by Anne: We’ve definitely been watching too many mystery dramas!  It was odd though, to have just flown over this Spreckles mansion in typically peaceful Coronado, and then read of the murder mystery that is so recent and unsolved.  Ok, maybe we’ll switch to a comedy for our next viewing…

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