Cottonwood, December 2013

Solitary Cottonwood at Lake Henshaw, near Warner Springs, California. December 2013.

Solitary Cottonwood at Lake Henshaw, near Warner Springs, California. December 2013.

This was the sixth addition to my “calendar” gallery of the solitary Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw, and the second black & white photo in that gallery (I removed it now in favor of newer photos). The light was interesting because the tree was already in the afternoon shade of Mesa Grande south of it, but with the complete absence of clouds, the colors just didn’t want to work out. These bleak conditions are the visual equivalent of drought for any photographic artist, I guess.

And California is suffering from a real, severe drought. It is caused by what Weather West calls on their blog the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge.” (a highly enjoyable blog overall, I’d like to add – or maybe that’s just proof that I am a nerd of some sort?)

Here in San Diego, hillsides and meadows that normally show signs of green in December and January are still brown and dry at the moment, and Southern California isn’t even affected as badly as Northern California (I guess we can’t really tell because around here, it’s always dry – it’s the exceptionally wet winters that we notice, like the one of 2010/2011). I hope we will get some cooler temperatures and rain in the next couple of weeks.

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