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Friday, November 30, 2012

Water Walk, 3

Bellis and I continued south on the path along the east side of Brookside Golf Course. This lovely little entrance to the zanja (water ditch) continues the classical architecture theme from yesterday. To the left and right of the pipeline are the original stone walls. Above it is Rosemont Avenue.

The little green leaves in the foreground are poison oak, upon which I barely escaped rubbing my calves, thanks to Bellis' warning. She knows well enough not to go crawling in ditches wearing shorts.

Water is rushing through there right now. You can go hear it for yourself, but wear long pants.

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Tomorrow is City Daily Photo's theme day, in which I'm a participant. We'll do Water Walk 4 on Sunday, then yup! Zen Monday. 

Tomorrow evening, you might want to stop by Webster's Fine Stationers in Altadena at 6:30 pm to hear Margaret Finnegan read from her hilarious novel, The Goddess Lounge. Not every writer is a good reader. Margaret's fab.

13 comments:

Valladolid Daily Photo said...

Interesting posts of classical architecture. Well done, Petrea!

altadenahiker said...

Isn't it lovely? This was the first guided tour Bellis ever gave me. She's great -- I'm a wanderer, she's an explorer.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Valladolid!

Yes, Karin, and besides being an explorer she's also a historian, biologist, writer...a fine companion on any excursion.

Desiree said...

It's cold and wet outside and I'm convinced something Gaelic inhabit that water ditch.

Bellis said...

I remember when we found that little house, Karen, but now I know what it is, thanks to the Pasadena Department of Water and Power historian who led the walk. (Someone please correct me if I've got something wrong.) When Americans bought the old San Pasqual cattle ranch, there were many springs rising along the bluffs on both sides of the river. Citrus groves were planted where the golf course is now, and pipes drilled horizontally into the bluffs to tap the water for irrigation. This is the well house of the Richardson tunnel, through which water is still flowing.

Petrea Burchard said...

Desiree, this is definitely faerie stuff. Everyone says so, except Bellis.

Bellis, you amaze me. I don't know how you remember it all. I should have gotten a book or a brochure, or your memory.

llandudnopictures said...

Something quite mystical about it, for sure!

LOLfromPasa said...

This is fascinating. I can't believe I didn't know it was there. Neat that you got a car in too and of course that familiar Pasadena area wall. Love it.

Petrea Burchard said...

I think what's mystical about it, if anything, is that it's right under our noses and we don't notice it.

LOL, the old stone walls are one of my favorite things about Pasadena.

Ms M said...

It's lovely and mystical. Could lead one to think that it may be a passage to another world, or another era....

Katie said...

Great fun going on this water walk with you and Bellis! Magic portals and faerie houses and architecturally interesting water ditches. Who knew?!

Trish said...

my grandfather showed me one of these many years ago and explained the drilling. Bellis is correct in her posting about them---pretty amazing, I'd forgotten a few details.

glad Bellis kept you out of the poison oak! My other grandfather unknowingly pulled a bunch of it out of their place in LV without wearing gloves or long pants/shirt and was miserable for some time! I'd like to avoid this experience completely!

Keep posting--you are reminding me not only of adventures I went on with my grandad, but other tidbits I grew up with!

Petrea Burchard said...

Another era for sure, Ms. M.

Katie, I'm glad somebody knows, and I hope it continues to be preserved.

Trish, I've got at least one more, maybe two, which I'll post Sunday.