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Monday, October 26, 2009

Zen Monday: #69


Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what the photo's about. I look for something worth thinking about or, failing that, at least something odd or silly.

As I post each new Zen Monday photo I'll add a label to last week's to identify it if necessary--if I know what it is.

26 comments:

Tash said...

The pot that got too small, the tree than grew soooo big - 'planted by Leontyne, 1959'

Tash said...

beauty of a photo, P.

FA said...

I see a piece of the Ten Commandments tablet that was broken by Moses.

I just stumbled on "Overdog". What a great way to show more of your great photos!

Susan C said...

A riddle wrapped in an enigma inside a tree trunk.

J+P said...

Yeah, love this photo. It's like the tree couldn't wait for paper to be invented.

Trish said...

FA---more like the "15 commandments (crash), uh, the 10 commandments, yeah, 10!"

"what the 110 freeway would do to this tree---diverted by a traffic layne, see, told ya it would happen!"

sorry, I grew up in SoPas...the fight that never ends

West Coast Grrlie Blather said...

Boo Radley takes up writing.

Margaret said...

I got nothing. You guys are too clever for me.

altadenahiker said...

The picture stopped me in my tracks -- love it. Besides, I kind of gave up after I read Susan's comment.

marley said...

Nothing witty to say this week, just its a wonderfully unusual photo.

Vanda said...

Tree inspected by Wayne.

Bellis said...

Vanda, that's brilliant! I tried to make something out of those word fragments but gave up. Maybe you're an archeologist?

Virginia said...

I'm so not good at this P, so it begs the question: WHY do I keep doing it every Zen Monday? I dunno. Here goes...... "I have your nuts. If you're smart you won't call the police. Meet me at the big elm on Oak Street at midnight. And come alone."

J+P said...

I have no extra comment, but my word-verification is "cement." Honest.

Do I get something for this …?

Trish said...

yes J+P you get to kiss the photographer! ;-)

Ms M said...

A mystery we can think about when we can't sleep at 3 a.m. :)
Nice photo.

Laurie said...

I have nothing pithy, but I must say that this is my all time favorite of yours. Beautiful, P.

Bellis said...

Perhaps the tree was planted by Theodore Payne? He did quite a bit of landscaping in Pasadena back in the early 1900s, including some of the parks. When he came to LA in 1893, he fell in love with the native flowers and plants and dedicated his life to their planting and preservation.

J+P said...

Hmm—Bellis may be on to something. The odd part of the fragment is the lettering isn't incised (as you'll see sometimes in a sidewalk or driveway, done by a childish hand). This lettering is raised—i.e., someone molded this message from a negative; some effort went into the legend. But there are no other fragments in the area, nor any obvious wall or plaque from which the piece might have come.

Bellis said...

Mystery history!

Petrea said...

Thank you all. This is one of my favorite Zen Monday shots ever.

Bellis IS onto something. It sounded familiar to me because I'd blogged about it before. In the 1920's, Theodore Payne was one of the landscape designers of Washington Park. That's where I took this photo.

So was this part of a commemorative sign? Maybe not. But if it was, why was it destroyed? And where are the other pieces, I wonder? Ooh! I just got chills.

Zen Monday mystery history! Either that or Wayne has Boo Radley's nuts.

J+P said...

I think you & I need to go back up to the park in daylight and locate the source of this relic. First, I'm going to reexamine that stone bridge.

Italo said...

Word is life

Petrea said...

I like that, Italo.

Natalie DeJohn said...

I want to believe it's an old, old, love letter...

Petrea said...

Sweet.