Monday, November 10, 2008

My World Tuesday #4

I thought I'd show something closer to home. I've always called this place Azusa Canyon because if you take Azusa Blvd. north off the 210 Freeway and head north, this is where it takes you. Officially, it's the San Bernardino Mountains which is part of the Los Angeles National Forest. It's about 15 minutes from me and in good traffic, about 40-45 minutes from the city of Los Angeles, but all a part of Los Angeles county.


The picture above is the San Gabriel dam. The pictures below are as you head more up the mountains. It had rained significantly this time last year so there was much water. I took the first one late spring, early summer of this year. The second one was taken about a week ago so you can see how much water has dried up.

BEFORE:

AFTER:

This is the bridge we would pass when we used to go off-roading. Again, the first picture was earlier this year after a great rain. The second is recently showing how much water is gone. Two things to note. Check out how much greener that tree is at the center of the bridge. And check out the tall thin tree in the 2nd photo and then note how small it is in the first picture.

BEFORE:


AFTER:

And this is a really old picture of the sand-rail we used to ride around down there in the canyon. What filthy fun, especially when you found spots of water that had not dried up yet and went sailing through sending water everywhere, especially on you on a hot day.


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No one should ever say there is nothing to do around Los Angeles. I'll be gladly showing more next week.

26 comments:

ewok1993 said...

Statewide, our dams, rivers, creeks are all drying up. We need significant rainfall this season.

Love the tour.

Wren said...

I would never say there's nothing to do around LA. But I think for most fun, you have to leave the city proper ("downtown" such as it is) and go out a little bit.

PS I love the zoo there, and the desert areas. I've enjoyed seeing your photos.

Yen said...

I think the place looks nice. I can always find something nice there for sure:)

Posted mine, HERE. Have a great day! And nice to view your world today!

Sylvia K said...

Really great photos! Always enjoy your posts! Thank you!

Erin said...

enjoyed your post and seeing a little of my home State that I so miss...

babooshka said...

Looks plenty to do to me.

jules said...

This brings back memories of swimming in the creeks during the hot summer days, every summer without fair. Great times.

Jeanne said...

Wow what a difference the rain makes. You know it but when you see the visual as you've shared it really makes the point hit home.

Mary said...

Those before and after photos are great. What a difference! It looks like a beautiful view and place to visit. That sand-rail looks like fun :-) Love your new header!

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Your photos really tell the story about the need for rain in your area. Well done.

Carletta said...

Wonderful images depicting the before and after - great to have those to compare!
Loved this 'watery Tuesday' part of your world. :)

chrome3d said...

That tree growed uo really fast! I would like to ride that Mad Max-car some day.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wow that's amazing and kind of sad for all the wildlife that needs it

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there!

This is my first time at your blog!! {waves}

I looove those photos!

WOW.

(smiles)
Lisa

P.S. Stop by my blog any time and break bread with us!!

magiceye said...

all very picturesque

Woody said...

I like the photos and the tour. Thanks for sharing..

Jayne said...

Interesting to see the same place look so different with the lower water levels.

June said...

Looks like water level was low even at the high point of the year...very lovely surrounding you have!

Arija said...

Great post, I enjoyed seeing your recreational paradise.

fishing guy said...

T: That is a interesting view of the dam area. Does the water dry up that way every year?

Mojo said...

Did you really use the words "good traffic" and "Los Angeles" in the same sentence?

That photo of the dam is awesome though. Traffic or no traffic!

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful your World.

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Looks amazing, great photos.

JC said...

I lol'd at good traffic in LA, too ;-) Terrific shots!

Denise said...

Great pictures, a super journey to your part of the world. And that vehicle in the bottom photo? That looks like a fun ride!

Gaelyn said...

The San Bernidino Mts provide a great get-away from LA. I remember running to them after a visit to my brother in Lawndale.
You really captured those contrasts of water levels in the reservoirs.