For the Survivors

While driving through Escondido, Calif., I came upon the most unusual sight: A vast garden of kids’ windmills—pinwheels, if you prefer—planted upon a grassy enclave. Later, I walked over to the intersection, where they were: Citracado Parkway and Autopark Way.

What were they for? I wondered. The answer is on the sign that is more readable in the second photo: “April is child abuse prevention & sexual assault awareness month. These pinwheels represent each survivor Palomar Health served last year”.

Up Citracado aways is a hospital and accompanying specialist facilities. Parking by one building, I could see adults taking children inside (and out), in a fairly regular flow. But the place’s purpose wasn’t obvious to me. I later discovered that it is an urgent care for kids.

I used Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to shoot the Featured Image and companion. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 10, 1/1150 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 4:06 p.m. PDT, today. The other: f/2.4, ISO 50, 1/2400 sec, 70mm (film equivalent); 4:05 p.m.

Oh, and adding: Our daughter is one of the survivors served at the Palomar facility, but in her case for recovery from a brain injury.