Friday, April 30, 2010

Urban Oasis

Earlier this week I visited a real oasis in Southern California. That experience got me to think about urban oases that I have witnessed. We have all seen them, but so often these are fleeting moments that are quickly forgotten. As a photographer and nature-lover, I incessantly observe my surroundings and record mental images and maps of my environment. Back in March I walked around San Diego and found this interesting "urban oasis" on a lovely street corner. We all know that walking through a city is the best way to learn of your surroundings, but most, including myself, seldom explore our cities. We go through life buzzing to work, eating lunch hurriedly, restarting work, and then retreating home only to repeat the process the following day. During the workday I enjoy taking my sandwich out for a walk and exploring. In March 2010 I stumbled across an excellent "urban oasis" (pictured above). The plants are eclectic, yet perfect. I stopped my journey and enjoyed these plantings for a few minutes. The palm trees and blue sky in the background are not only quintessential San Diego, but also nicely complement the foreground. When I travel to a new city, the first thing I yearn to do is "get lost" by walking back-alleys and wandering aimlessly. It is hard to motivate oneself to do this in your own backyard, but on this occasion my efforts are fruitful.

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