John & Anne Wiley

2011/10/28

Itchy Feathers

Filed under: Flying,Happiness,Has Photos,People,Random,SB Region — John @ 09:41

When I don’t fly for a while, a feeling arises that I call “itchy feathers.” After about a week on the ground, this sensation grows in strength and pops into my awareness more with each day I don’t fly. It’s much worse on when I look out the window in the morning and see good flying weather. I had a major itchy attack this morning. Since it wasn’t convenient to fly due to things we needed to do around town, I got some relief from driving to/from town via “our” Stevens Park bridge.

7393 Stevens Bridge

7393 Stevens Bridge

The mountains won today’s vote both times, even though the islands were relatively clear. I posted a version of this next pic on Edhat hoping one of the local history experts there could tell me more about it.

7394 Palm Curve

7394 Palm Curve

Who planted the palms along this street near the bridge, and why? Maybe at some point there was a grand estate at the end of the palm-lined avenue? Maybe some housing development with a mid-east theme?

A little further along we got a panoramic view of the Tea Fire disaster. A bonfire at the iconic abandoned tea gardens (I’ve marked it with a white circle at the upper right) got away from the kids who’d built it.

7396 Tea Fire Footprint

7396 Tea Fire Footprint

It had been kicked up by “sundowner” wind and raced up, down, and along the mountain destroying many buildings. The stadium and buildings of Westmont College at the lower right were threatened, and with no time to escape by road people had to shelter in place. Many buildings still haven’t been replaced, and as you can see the mountains have a long way to re-grow their ground cover.

I don’t know if it’s a mansion or some sort of commercial building, but this last pic doesn’t seem to be part of the Westmont campus.

7397 Palm Estate

7397 Palm Estate

It has lots of beautiful palm trees like the curve at the top, but this is several miles West so surely not part of the same development or road.

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