Wildflowers (for those of us left behind)

I love Southern California, especially this year, when we have had ample rain and tenacious cool weather with winds from the ocean.

I took these photos May 22, 2011 in Topanga State Park, at the south end of Reseda Boulevard–a long thoroughfare that runs straight down the middle of the San Fernando Valley.  Reseda Blvd., which is between four and six lanes wide, runs past check-cashing centers, coffee shops, body shops, head shops, pot shops, hydroponic pot-growing shops, gas stations, aquarium supply stores, markets of almost every conceivable nationality, at least one pawn shop, several excellent Vietnamese restaurants, at least one very good Thai restaurant, several passable Cantonese Chinese restaurants, a Chipotle, a Carl’s Jr., a McDonald’s, a Spudnuts, several banks, countless strip malls, two Vons supermarkets, a Gelson’s market, a Russian restaurant or two and a Russian gift shop or two, a boating supply store, several Mexican restaurants, a Facey Medical Center, at least five sushi restaurants, and countless other businesses and institutions.  Drive past all that, and up a steep hill, and take the time to travel the path beyond the paved section, and you might–barring rapture and depending on the season–find something like what you see below.  




About John Mears

I teach English, take photographs, play guitar, write, do yoga, meditate, hike, play computer games, and love (and try to serve) humanity. If anything here touches you, let me know! Leave a comment! Subscribe! Enjoy! If you like the photos, you might like the greeting cards we will be selling soon!
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2 Responses to Wildflowers (for those of us left behind)

  1. Ellen Going says:

    ….. I remain among the “unRaptured” souls, …. still here on planet Earth, and very happy to be, when you, John, post such wondrous images of HOE (Heaven on Earth)!!! Your photography is splendid, and your aesthetic is impeccable, as, I think, I have remarked before. Please, continue to keep us “left-behinders” in awe of the luscious beauty which surrounds us on a daily basis, but is too often missed in our haste to be blind-sided by the quotidian. Many Thanks, John!!!

  2. John Mears says:

    Ellen, many thanks to you for your maganimous and articulate appreciation of my work. I’m speechless. Almost. But I will keep taking photos, and I hope you will keep enjoying them!

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