Tuesday, March 11, 2008

North Lake Avenue

I'm in Pasadena, facing south. The mirror looks north on Lake Avenue. It's about three miles to the foothills in Altadena. I took the photo for fun, messing around. Later I realized the dominant feature in the reflection is the swath of land laid bare by last August's brush fire in the Angeles National Forest.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and you get an idea of what the locals see passing through on the freeway, or heading north on local roads. You can see the scar from everywhere.

It was a minor fire of 12 acres. Firefighters got to it immediately and put it out fast. Since the area is mere yards from homes, that's a fine thing.

8 comments:

Ken said...

That is a fun photo.

Rose said...

Oh I do like this picture!

Jim said...

I can see it. Love the pic, its very clear and crisp even though its from a mirror.

Ben Wideman said...

what I like most about this picture is how the refection of the road lines up perfectly with the road behind your mirror. very cool.

Alessandra said...

I love driving up and down Lake for the views. The traffic isn't quite so lovely.

What a fabulous picture. So much detail and so much for the eye to contemplate!

Petrea said...

Thanks all, for your comments. Ben, I hadn't noticed your point. I wonder if that would happen naturally, or if I was lucky. Alessandra, so true about the traffic! But it's all relative, right? At least you have Pasadena at one end and Altadena at the other.

AraratDailyPhoto said...

Yeah - I really like this photo too.
It makes Pasadena look like a country town.
I can imagine myself going through the internet cables and popping up in that street!

Petrea said...

Pasadena has its small-town charms, but it's Altadena that really has that flavor. They're a nice compliment to each other.