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Friday, July 1, 2011

Theme Day: The color green

I admit this one had me stumped.

Pasadena just doesn't have much green. We have other things, like hiking trails...

...famous bridges...

...and the occasional spot to sit and enjoy it all.

But there's not a whole lot of green.

We have other colors, of course.

Orange, for example...

...red...

...pink...

...and even bleu.

But I don't see a lot of green around here. 

Wait.

There is one thing. One Pasadena thing that's green.

Our street signs. 

Whew.


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29 comments:

dive said...

Wow, what a fabulous tour. Thank you for bringing us along, Petrea.
Nice to see the tree in the first photo proudly displaying its political allegiance to the Green Party.
What a beautiful hibiscus. I'm so jealous that you can grow those out of doors; up north we have to have them in pots inside.
But of curse I am even more jealous of those glorious cars. The seventies Mach1 Mustang is awesome but it pales in comparison to tailfins and chrome. Vintage American automobiles are things of outrageous beauty (though definitely not green).

Julie said...

Lovely humour throughout the journey. Liked it a lot.

Lynn said...

Love this rainbow tour! Your photos are really good, Petrea. It looks gorgeous in your neighbourhood. I quite like the orange one... ;)

Lynn said...

So good I said it twice. Hmm... ?!

Jilly said...

Very funny... and how strange this is. Be nice to know the mystery of the green blob.

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, I knew you'd like the cars. Our dry weather makes it possible to have them--no rust, no salt on the roads, that sort of thing. And I will always love the flowers.

Thank you, Julie.

Lynn, I'm sorry--I deleted your second comment before I saw the third! If it doesn't make sense it's my fault.

I'm not sure what it is, Jilly. The bright paint resembles what the city uses to designate things, like where an underground pipe will go or, heaven forbid, a tree will be chopped down. But this tree seems healthy so it may be a stray blob.

Thank you all for your comments.

Julie said...

Petrea, in response to your comment on my post of two days ago.

The tourism angle gives us a false impression. This was all clean, and neat and well-packaged. Attractive and well-nourished. People with an aim and a purpose in life. All things which I suspect was missing during the times of the convicts in Sydney Town.

Having said that, however, I do believe that many convicts were better off here that in the crowded misery which was their life in London. Here the sun shone, the air was fresh and it was every man and woman for himself. Not in every case, but in many. Indeed, history contends that one of the reasons that Macquarie was eventually recalled as 5th Governor was because he treated the convict who had served his time as an equal in this new society. This really got up the nostrils of landed gentry like John MacArthur and his ilk.

However, what I say for Sydney Town could not be said for places like Port Arthur in Tasmania. That is a chilling place to visit. There is a bit of 'convict-life-for-tourists' but mostly there are shells of buildings which reek of the brutality and futility of servitude.

As for the effect on the national psyche, I believe that is finally wearing off, a process that has increased in tempo over the last 50 years. We think we are an egalitarian society, but we aren't. We think we cock-our-snoot at authority, but in reality we form queues quite readily. There are patches of this old attitude within our society, but it is bordering on the absurd, the comic, and dare I say, the desperation to face the p

Petrea Burchard said...

Tourism will always clean it up. You may have seen some very nice dungeons in England, for example.

As for egalitarian society, we talk talk talk about it here, too. But we are in the process of straying further and further from that ideal.

Petrea Burchard said...

she meant to say "past instead of the future."

TheChieftess said...

Fun color tour!!! I rather liked the "bleu"!!!

altadenahiker said...

Green Street? Loved the tour.

Latino Heritage said...

Delilghtful.

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh, Green Street. Duh.

I'll bet Ben thought of it. Going to look.

ben wideman said...

I should have picked Green St! In fact I was just at Green St Restaurant this week.

Is this the most photos you've ever included in one post???

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

A great tour of color, mon amie, and I love that pink car! I am amazed that there are over 1,404 of the city daily blogs - wow! I have many yet to visit - hah!

Enjoy your California weekend,
Genie

Speedway said...

I think your tree is safe, Petrea. I googled it. Don't know whether the code is universal, but the tree has a shiny green badge to tell the itinerant chain saw that it's healthy.

I made a Theme Day post, but the participation code did not work, for some reason. Oh, well, maybe next month

Petrea Burchard said...

I think it's the most, Ben. I usually don't have the time to include so many but the idea kept brewing and then I couldn't stop myself.

Merci, Genie. Yes, I wish I could visit all those blogs every day.

It's still a theme day post, Speedway. I saw it and it looks legitimately green to me.

mllegramophone said...

Hey!

I finally made it back to the Top Ten Pasadena bloggers according to Technorati. It's been a long time, and all new company this time around.

Vetty Verde!

Petrea Burchard said...

I think that's wonderful! I've heard of Technorati but don't know exactly what it is. Can you link us?

Margaret said...

And, of course, we have Greene and Greene. But I guess that's cheating.

mllegramophone said...

Exhibit V:

http://technorati.com/search?return=sites&authority=all&q=pasadena&x=0&y=0

Katie said...

Great way to start the holiday weekend -- with photographic fireworks from Pasadena! I ooohed and aaahed over this awesome collection of colorful photos. I'll just sit on that green bench and hope some cool cars drive by.

Petrea Burchard said...

Margaret, Greene and Greene is not cheating. If I had thought of Greene and Greene I would have been brilliant. YOU are brilliant.

Mademoiselle, that's delightful! Thank you. PDP is on it, too! I had no idea. I don't know what the numbers mean but I'll investigate them, along with other blogs I've never even heard of.

Katie, you'll wait a long time for a vintage auto to pass by that bench. But you'll enjoy a pleasant view of the casting pond, and maybe a horse or two.

Ms M said...

What a fun post! I enjoyed "sight-seeing" around Pasadena with you.

J.J. in L.A. said...

You should come to T.C. We have tons of trees. Most of them are green.

Petrea Burchard said...

It's always a pleasure to have you along, Ms. M.

J.J., have you seen this?
http://templecitydailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Rob and Mandy said...

I suppose there must be a golf green around somewhere as well. Nice tour!

Irina said...

What a great theme day entry here!
At last I reached my computer to enjoy slowly my favorite blogs. Only ice-cream I love more then this)).

Petrea Burchard said...

Rob and Mandy, you are so right. Apparently we do have green!

Ha ha, Irina, it's a perfect choice. You can have both at the same time.