While strolling South along Maryland in my neighborhood of University Heights, today, I stopped to regard pink-and-white pom-pom flowers that blossom from Mimosa, which is also known as Persian Silk tree. I used Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra‘s Portrait mode to shoot the Featured Image. Vitals: f/1.7, ISO 10, 1/750 sec, 23mm (film equivalent); 11:20 a.m. PDT.
Trader Joe’s was my final destination, but I had ulterior motive. A few days earlier, I discovered that one neighbor’s house is for sale. I worried why. She grew up in UH, played in the canyons nearby, and graduated from San Diego High School. She lives in a generational home—one of just a few remaining here. She wasn’t there, but I got the skinny from someone else living nearby.
Because the story is secondhand, I cannot comfortably share it with you. But, if accurate, the tale is somewhat tragic and mortally disheartening. The friendly lady’s grandmother purchased the property more than a century ago.
Her Tuxedo, Kitty, appeared in my “Cats of University Heights” series in October 2019. He disappeared two years later, likely to coyotes. Heck, I photographed a bunny in her yard just last month. Soon she will be a memory, too, and someone I will miss talking with. Hopefully chance meeting will present before she moves on.