Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thematic Photographic - Winter

Every Wednesday, Carmi posts the week's theme for Thematic Photographic. For the next seven days, bloggers post photos that echo that theme. This week's theme is: Winter.

Well, here in Southern California, we don't have
snowdrifts or glittering ice or frost on the window. Our winters are mild, even warm. You can go to the beach here in the middle of January. People wear tank-tops and shorts in December. We have palm trees, not snow-swathed boughs.

When our winters are stormy, we get rain, and here in the Santa Monica Mountains, rain runs downhill and carries a lot of things with it. Our winter sights are more like this:

Photo/Damian Dovarganes

This boulder came down on our road and our powerlines during the winter storms of 2006. The Department of Transportation couldn't figure out how to move it. They hired a demolition company to blow it up. It took three tries!

16 comments:

cactus petunia said...

Holy Moly! That is the biggest ball of rock I've ever seen. How long did it take them to clean up all the pieces after they blew it up?

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

The last time I saw a boulder like that one it was heading toward Indiana Jones!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

now that's a serious Indiana Jones visual!

mo.stoneskin said...

Indiana Jones could have moved it. They should have brought him in.

Shayla said...

Wo! That's quite the boulder.

Mojo said...

Umm... thanks, I'll stick to our quadrennial snowfall I think. At least that'll melt!

I don't think I'd care much for what falls during your winters.

At all.

lom said...

What a photo! Not everyone has one like that

Cher said...

Holy cow! You would expect Wiley Coyote to pop out from under that rock!

bunty bunny said...

would you like some snow?

Karen said...

I lived in SoCal for 40 years so those are the winters I'm used to. Moved to Montana 6 months ago and it's a whole new ball game! Great pics!

Queenly Things said...

I guess it's good that that wasn't a house, but - holy cow!!!!

Woman in a Window said...

That boulder is so significant, it's almost too large for life. Fantastic shot!

Light and Voices said...

Oh my gosh, that is a mighty big boulder! Agreed where is Indiana Jones when you need him?
Joyce

JCK said...

That is one hell of a boulder!

kcinnova said...

I'd say that went beyond boulder status and entered the realm of mountain! Wow!

kden said...

I was just about to say that I was jealous of your winters until I saw the boulder. I love your blog and the pictures of the octopus. Cute story!