In the Shade

Most of the Southwest is under a severe heat advisory, with temperatures in mountainous locales, like Julian, reaching 29 degrees Celsius (84 F), which is way above normal. Borrego Springs is currently 39 C (102 F). You read correctly, now, as I write, after sunset (7:56 p.m. PDT). But closer to the coast, weather is milder and comfortable. Currently, in my San Diego neighborhood of University Heights: 17 C (63 F), from a high of 20 C (68 F). The day was partly sunny and breezy.

My wife and I grabbed hold of this benefit by taking several long walks. One of them brought us, by unexpected detour, along Louisiana between Adams and Madison. We both have in the past commented on the magnificent tree that is the Featured Image. But late this morning, I was enamored with the massive shadow that filled half the street. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stand back far enough to give compelling perspective—even with Leica Q2‘s fixed, wide-angle lens. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/200 sec, 28mm; 11:48 a.m.