Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Little Bit of Green

trees, pond, urban
running water, pond, stream
Photographs #1, 2, 3 taken using the Canon EF 50 mm/f 2.8 STM lens; #4 taken by J. Kim.

Summer has arrived in full force.  We had a massive heat wave this past week in Los Angeles with temperatures over 105° F.  Wildfire swept through Kern County, decimating homes and terrain over 30,000 acres.  We've been in a five year long drought; fires are easy to start with the high winds, dryness, and low humidity.  The wildfire was close enough that we could see the clouds of smoke from campus.  Our plants were spared and they, with the exception of large stretches of grass, remain as verdant as ever.  

The well kept garden and grounds, however, can not disguise the hot and arid climate of our region.  Many of the fountains at the university are now kept dry to conserve water.  My skin is constantly parched, despite drinking 2+ liters of water a day and using lotion.  I quickly get thirsty when I go outside or walk through my lab space.  The rubber on the handlebars of my bike has melted in the heat and leaves sticky residue on my palms when I grip them.

I miss the rain.   


  1. Definitely feel you on the heat and fires. Not sure about rain but I do prefer the colder weather!

  2. Oh, I just love these pictures!

    Meg | Elmpetra

  3. I feel for you. The wildfire being so close must have been terrifying! The photos really are gorgeous though.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  4. Beautiful pictures !!


  5. I feel sorry about the situation there :(


  6. It's saddening to hear about the wildfires, I hope things turn around soon!
    Glad to see that the plants in your area are as vibrant as ever, they really pop out in the photos!


  7. Love these photos! I love winter so much. And it's starting to rain so much here now, and all I want is sunshine daisy at the moment. Rain stresses me out in some way, I don't know why. Haha!

    Love, Fads

  8. I haven't been to California in the peak of the summer since I was really young, so I've never experienced the worst of the drought years. Stay safe and hydrated in the heat and hoping you get some much-needed rain your way. Sending all the rain vibes!

  9. The same weather has been hitting us here in South Texas, where the heat starts to feel like it's giving me miniature pinches all over my arms. I was in California this past May, when luckily it was still in the 70s. Despite living in an area that has just so much brown, it is nice to see some green even if it's in the smallest of spaces.