Saturday, July 31, 2010

Last Day, July 2010

The Last Day Project has its merits, though I admit I'm losing interest. If you're new here, Last Day is an idea I borrowed from Marley, a blogger from Cheltenham, England, who for one year posted a monthly photo of the same downtown corner in Cheltenham. It was fun to share the changes of season with Marley's followers.

I think my ardor for my own version of this project began to wane when the little tree was mowed down sometime around May 5th.

But I'm committed. I'll stick it out. We have one month to go. And if you click on the Last Day Project label below, you can see there have indeed been changes at Johnson Field over the past 11 months.

14 comments:

Steve Scauzillo said...

After viewing the previous photos, it was fun to see how the light really changes each image. The light (sky) make all the difference, even more than the missing tree.

LisaNewton said...

After living on the East Coast and then moving to LA, one of the things I do miss are the seasonal changes.

Oh, don't get me wrong; I don't miss shoveling snow, but the tree colors, the crispness in the air, and just the general changes in the landscape.

We don't have as much of that here. You truly have to look for them, just as you did with the tree.

I totally understand your commitments and wait to see the last shot.

Turquoise Diaries said...

Its a beautiful in every season.

altadenahiker said...

We're in danger of losing much more than the little volunteer tree.

This is what that insightful councilmember calls "a dirt field."

Petrea said...

Light does make a difference, Steve. That and rain.

Hi Lisa, welcome. I know what you mean! (I'm from the Midwest.) We do have seasonal changes here, but they're way more, uh, subtle.

I'm glad you think it's beautiful, Aysegul. I do, too. So does the Altadena Hiker. It's part of the park we're defending from the invasion of soccer fields and parking lots.

I've seen coyote cubs playing in that "dirt field."

Bellis said...

Looking back through your photos does make me yearn for green grass again.

Pascal Jim said...

Viewied each month, this scene is always calming, could we sneak in to plant another tree?

Jean said...

This is fascinating seen as a group.

Petrea said...

I'd like to figure out how to make it all into a poster. I think it would look cool on some kind of grid.

Jim, I don't think anyone would mind if we planted a tree as long as it's a native variety. There's no guarantee it's going to be allowed to stay, though.

Speedway said...

Well, perhaps if your pictures of the field became a poster, they might be combined with quotes about the beauty of things as they are ... if you can find any, or even if you used quotes from people responding to your blog. This could be contrasted with a series of pictures the blandest, palest McMansion development you can find - or even the field under flood with a quote about soccer fields. "If you build it they will, on occasion, play water polo."

pasadenapio said...

How about a calendar? A year in the life...

Shell Sherree said...

Yes, I miss that little tree, and the little coyote cubs may do, too.

It's interesting to watch ~ and at the same time, always makes me think, "Yikes, another month has passed already?" So, double yikes that nearly a year has passed since you started the project. It doesn't sound like you'll be going for the baker's dozen.

Petrea said...

"If you build it they will, on occasion, play water polo." Speedway, I'll just use your quote. That says it all.

Ann, I've thought about a calendar. Maybe of 12 different pictures, though.

I don't think I will, Shell. But this is like other things I've done in that I may not know what I've learned from it until I'm long past it.

J+P said...

Hey, a jackrabbit just ran across that field …