LOOKING FOR AMERICA (UNEDITED)

Quickly done and I should wait to publish it; however I am rather pleased with the way it is coming together. I will post a finished copy later.

WHO IS WALKING THE DOG?

One of those vignettes of life. We were to meet Stefan at a coffee shop in Silverlake in Los Angeles. We arrived a little early; I dropped Bernadette and went to park the car. When I arrived at the coffee shop Bernadette had already engaged someone in conversation. The woman had a dog named “Emily”.  While the coffee shop had a dog friendly policy there was a man who clearly was disturbed by Emily; especially when she became excited over the attention she was getting.  I suggested I take Emily for a walk to let her calm down. When I returned with Emily, it was clear that Stefan was in another part of the coffee shop and we had not seen him. However one of Stefan’s friends saw me walking Emily and said: “Isn’t that your father? and does he have a dog? ”

 

EMILY AND BERNADETTE
EMILY AND BERNADETTE

RAIN EVENT

In the morning I spoke to the man clearing the roads of mud that washed down the mountains the night before. We had a thunderstorm and 3 inches of rain in a very short period of time; which fell on parched ground. Unfortunately not on the forest fire which continues to burn unchecked.

CLOGGED GULLY
CLOGGED GULLY
DEBRIS
DEBRIS
WASHED OUT
WASHED OUT
DRAGONFLY
DRAGONFLY
STORM CLOUDS
STORM CLOUDS

THE 5, AGRICULTURE AND WATER

 

 

Driving on route 5 in California one sees the signs of conflict over water. It has been going on here for a long time. It is a battle the rest of the world will face in the coming years. As far as I can tell the issue in California remains unresolved. Even no action is an action; and there will be consequences.

An example of early planning is Valencia Spain where the water board dates from the 14th century and are tasked with the responsibility of regulating the water and it’s use in the region.
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TOMATOES
TOMATOES
CANAL
CANAL
DEAD ORCHARD
DEAD ORCHARD

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THE VALLEY
THE VALLEY