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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Urban Meets Wild

Not a complicated photo. (This one loaded really fast, that's how I know.) It's one last shot to complete the story about our evening at Hahamongna Watershed Park (see the previous two posts). You should probably click on it to enlarge it. Or at least I wish you would, otherwise it's just a little splash of gold in the black.

Looking north from the Devil's Gate Dam you see the Jet Propulsion Lab, affectionately known as JPL, with the lights of La Canada Flintridge off to the left and a couple of Altadena's gleams on the right.

JPL anchors the north end of the park and the Dam, where we're standing, marks the south end. In between are coyotes, dirt, rabbits and trees--wildlife doing its thing. There are also water catch basins, telephone poles and paved roads. It's not wilderness. It's a symbiosis of humans and the wild, and it's working pretty well for the nonce.

If you care about protecting Hahamongna and places like it you might check out the Urbanwild Network. They're having a potluck at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center Saturday, September 10th. Gather at 5:30pm, dinner at 6, program at 7.

13 comments:

Bellis said...

I love it that JPL's tucked away up there because of Hahamongna. The early rocketeers at Caltech had one too many accidents, and were told practice their rockets somewhere uninhabited. Without Hahamongna, there would be no stunning photos of Saturn - this one's my favorite.
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap061016.html

Petrea Burchard said...

Wow, Bellis! Thats a beauty.

I also like photos like this one, of early JPL scientists conducting experiments in the part of the Arroyo Seco that we now call Hahamongna.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/features.cfm?feature=1217

Bellis said...

I hadn't seen those two photos before, thanks. But I know where in Hahamongna they were.

dive said...

Cool and pretty, Petrea.
And what a wonderful back story from Bellis, pure porn for a space geek like me.

Petrea Burchard said...

Dive, Bellis, is very close to a famous British astronomer. She has all the poop on outer space.

How can you tell where they were, Bellis? Or do you know where the tests were done?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

....and they have a heard of dear living behind the wire. Thats what one of the guards said while she was asking me to stop taking photos of them

Pasadena Adjacent said...

herd

wv: strangl

Petrea Burchard said...

What wire? Must go get pics.

Speedway said...

A diamond belt on a black velvet gown.

Where the stars meet the stars?

Bellis said...

I lined up the ridgeline in the back of one of the photos with the ridgeline now, and there was the spot. It was all buried after the fire and floods, so the little hollow has gone.

I'm so glad your photo wasn't of lots of little fires on the hillside. It's that time of year...

Petrea Burchard said...

I'd wear it if I could, Speedway.

Bellis, your screen must be lighter than mine. I see no ridge line, it's all black.

Ms M said...

I love night shots like these. Beautiful! And the NASA photos are stunning! I visit their site every so often for inspiration.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Ms. M. Yeah, I really love the NASA JPL site. I refer to it often as well.