Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow on High Ground

Southern California is generally thought to be place with no weather - and many of us are quite happy about that. We see pictures of snowstorms in other parts of the country and we laugh. (Well, I do. But not in a mean way, of course.)

Still, it does occasionally snow on the mountains overlooking our little polluted piece of paradise. And the novelty of that prompts me to take pictures. The first picture, taken earlier this month, shows a distant snow-capped mountain and two palm trees. (I reckon the mountain is about 20 or 25 miles away; the two palms were across the street.)

The second picture is a panoramic shot of Mount Wilson, directly above Pasadena, taken after this week's storm. The snow level was about 2000 feet. The icicle-like things sticking up from the ridgeline are television and radio antennas which beam insidious advertising and popular culture directly into the brains of unsuspecting Californians. It's a really BIG picture. Click it to see just how big.

The last picture is as close-up a shot of the antennae as my pocket point-'n-shoot will allow. They look to be covered in ice. Actually, you can click any of the pictures.

Here's another Mount Wilson picture I took a while ago when there was no weather. Click it to go to my Flickr Picture Pages.Mount Wilson Scene from Pasadena new camera


Anonymous said...

The panorama photo definitely needs to be seen in it's enlarged state. Is that Henniger flats below? (the snow-less flat)
I guess this storm is a walk in the park for a former Iowan. I understand the anger eastern truckers felt having the governor close down the snow covered routes into Los Angeles. Did you see the effect on the east bound traffic last night? Still jammed at 9:30.

David Ocker said...

I think you're right about that being Henniger flats - I've never been up there. The snow gives the photo a sense of depth that's otherwise not possible.

The last winter I spent in the midwest (actually in Minnesota) was nearly 35 years ago. I would need to do a lot of readjusting in order to live in a cold climate again.

Thanks for your comment(s).