Mother Nature’s Remedy

Crazy best describes the year’s winter weather across California—so much rain has fallen that the drought is effectively over. Snow blanketed Los Angeles today. There is a (gasp) blizzard warning, too, that remains in effect. You won’t see many, if any, scantily-clad roller skaters this weekend.

The white stuff piles up across the more mountainous areas here in San Diego County, such as Julian. Closer to the coast, rain is Mother Nature’s prescription for an area that had been sick with drought. Thank you!

During a totally unexpected break from the sky’s torrential downpour, the sun emerged and I headed out for a walk. I wanted to photographic something dramatic to illustrate this post, but watery without flooding or ground absent snow won’t do. Nevertheless, the Featured Image presents some sense of ambiance—at a carefully selected location. The intersection of Alabama and Meade has made several appearances on this website during the past few years.

Take the house at the corner behind the Alabama Street sign. Fuki and Mitsie, both of which appeared in my “Cats of University Heights” series, lived there. The first kitty passed away and the second disappeared not many months later, respectively. The traffic circle came to infamy when city contractors strangely sandblasted “North Park” onto it. Two years later, road crews covered up the, ah, boo-boo with the correct community name. Lastly, sometime soon, I will write more about the community church that has been replaced by the massive residential complex that dominates the horizon. Construction continues.

I used Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to make the moment. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 10, 1/2100 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 3:48 p.m. PST.