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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Water Tight

In comments about yesterday's photo Margaret asked, "What is the flat surface we see?" Here's a closer view of it; it's a catch basin, part of the Las Flores Water Company's system. I don't know how it works, but I know it's part of a larger group. A snooty crowd, frankly. They're being a tad obvious about the fact that they don't want anybody inside their fence.

I took this picture from the back side of the basin or tank or tub or whatever it's called. That would be to the left side of it, in yesterday's photo. (Enlarge that shot and you can see the cyclone fence.) It may look a little rusty, but the rust is just to fool you. I've seen maintenance people around, taking care of it, patrolling the place and making sure nobody gets in. People take water seriously around here.

Fine, fine. Call it sour grapes but I don't want to go in there anyway. Stand next to the tank at the end of a hot day and it makes weird noises while it cools off. "Bloop. Boing. Doonk." Hell, I can hear that at home.

15 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

Petrea, if they met you, they would lower their barbed wire and beckon you in for tea and bikkies.

Laurie said...

I really love this image.

Italo said...

Ciao Petrea. Now you or your dear readers think I'm stupid (once again ahahah) but you know why I love your photos, particularly these? Because in my mind these panoramas, these wire fences remind me X-FILES. Tell me truth Petrea, did you once filmed an alien? Ciao Have a nice week end! :D

J+P said...

Hell hath no water but is full of stones. Dentes.

Cafe Observer said...

PDP, you're so picky & critical. You should bee a drama critic. But, I'm not a bad person for saying that.

Vanda said...

Those rust colored streaks are very pretty.

Petrea said...

Shell, thank you. I think. Somehow that sounds sinister. Not the tea and bikkies, but the "lower their barbed wire and beckon you in."

Thanks, Laurie.

I've never filmed an alien, Italo, but it's possible that scenes from the X-Files were shot at this location. Although most of the episodes were shot in British Columbia, Canada, they shot some in the Los Angeles area.

J. Bloop?

Of course you're not a bad person, C.O. Anyone who consumes a "good or service" is an authority on whether or not they like it.

I think so, too, Vanda.

Bellis said...

I don't usually like this water tank, which brings a promising hike into the hills to an unfriendly end, but now I'm going to have to take a look at that attractive rusty bar code. Could we run it through a scanner?

Eamon said...

You sound mad at someone Petrea. I like your attitude ;)

Kim said...

A bunch of the retired folks out where my parents lived in the Mojave got good paying part time jobs patrolling the dames, pipes, aqueduct, and reservoirs after the 9/11 attacks. Seems California and the rest of the west's water sources are thought easy targets for mischief. This place looks "Fort Knoxed." Cool to see.
-Kim

Virginia said...

Oh we've had rain for forty days and nights. Last night, a little water in my basement. I knew the puddle was there, but when I threw the clothes in the dryer I prissed myself right through it. I went down like the Titanic! HOOOOOOO RAHHHHH! Happy to report I'm apparently OK. We'll see in the morning. You never know at my age.
V

Petrea said...

Bellis, take a look at yesterday's shot. If you don't mind baking in the sun, you can continue uphill. There's also a path that continues down into the canyon, but it's a bit precipitous.

Eamon, I had to reread my post to see what you meant. I'm not mad, I'm funnin' with ya.

Kim, this may sound weird but I might enjoy a job like that. I love the dry, desert heat. And that kind of quiet is hard to find these days.

Oh Virginia, I hope there's no bruise on your fine self. Cement floor, I'll bet. Ouch. I recommend the sofa, a book and a nice Sunday cocktail.

USelaine said...

I love the colors and lines in this, as well as your description of the sounds. 8^) I remember discovering the sounds of metal water tanks as a kid at my grandfather's place. Wonderful to tap on them too.

Shell Sherree said...

Hmm. I meant the barbed wire would be lowered in a friendly fashion but in light of Italo's comment, it does sound a bit sinister. "Ahh. A new test subject. Let her in..."

Dina said...

Weird and wonderful.
Love the way you wrote this!