Thursday, May 20, 2010

Where the West Begins

Sunday we drove out east of Los Angeles to the Cal Poly campus in the Pomona Valley. Along the university's central drive horses graze in paddocks, their chestnut coats gleaming in the inland sun. Sheep gather in woolly clusters, enjoying the breeze down by the road. Trellises heavy with vines, break over the crest of a hill. And up near the dormitories, roses bloom and wither in an ornamental garden. You may know that I like to view things through the lens of a romanticized history. When it comes to the valleys that surround the city of Los Angeles, now overtaken by suburban sprawl, I linger on surviving pockets of the rural past, imagining the way the land once was - the ranches, the citrus groves. A western paradise out "California way" as Bing Crosby sings in a cowboy's tune about the San Fernando Valley.

41 comments:

Elizabeth said...

What a lovely post. You write tremendously well, and such dreamy photography!

cutlex said...

How I wanted to bring my Mom there and let her see a real horse for once in her life.

Barbara said...

This are beautiful!! what camera did you use?? those colors are great

curiosities by nicole leigh smith said...

gorgeous photos! I put myself in this frame of mind in Monterey... imagining Steinbeck's Salinas and Cannery Row.

A Write Life said...

Ooh, would love to know how to get there. Beautiful area.

Poppies and Sunshine said...

These photos are beautiful! I love Pomona Valley :)

The Art Cupboard said...

that area of pomona is lovely
beautiful pictures!!
x

Michelle Elisabeth said...

A break from the city into rural spaces is truly a wonderful treat. It forces me to slow down, breathe and appreciate. The endless photo-ops are pretty nice too :)

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

How lovely! Yes, I do love to look thru the world at times thru your romantically hazy lens. :) It leaves a zen like feeling. Are you graduating this year? If so, Congrats!

liza said...

very sweet.

katecreate said...

Pretty pictures. I love how they feel vintage. The flowers look gorgeous.

Sweet Asceticism said...

these pictures are simply breath taking. it made me feel a little better knowing that there are people that try to make the world a better and see it the way it should be seen. i love seeing pictures of countrysides and grazing horses. it make me feel alive again. (:
wonderfull job and once again gorgeuos.
-becca ♥
sweetasceticism.blogspot.com

Star said...

Are you on holiday? Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Those roses are so gorgeous, all pink and dreamy. Just wonderful.
Blessings, Star

Kat said...

Such beautiful photos!! I love your writing as well.

Amiable Peculiarities said...

I love the last picture in particular.

marisa said...

gorgeous photos and lovely description of that area of so cal...
I grew up a couple of cities away from there, and my mom went to cal poly pomona. Really makes me reminisce about home, now that I'm living so far away.

Cindy said...

beautiful eye candy....you have a lovely blog...

WithLoveShally ^.^ said...

You have such a lovely blog!! :)

Robin Charlotte Humphrey said...

the last photo is so pretty!!! I also love the header of your blog, I will be checking it ou again for sure.

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Marinka said...

I love those photos..they are great especially with first and third one ^^

Beau said...

That are some pretty photos!

wishful nals said...

how fun! what unbelievable photos. what type of camera did you use?! xxxo!

Vicky said...

What stunning photos - how do you add the vintage effect? The picture of the flowers is simply wonderful, I'd love to have it hanging on our bedroom wall x

Gracefully Vintage said...

You live in an amazing are- love that scene, What amzing back drop- Im just loving your blog- i will have to become a follower to see more- Our children would love that.
Karryann

Shanley said...

I live in Long Beach, but have also lived in several other areas in LA, and the mountains surrounding. I loved your perspective on the area. Sometimes I get caught up in the brown, and the ugly, and I forget how amazing this area is, and how lucky I am to call it home!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Amazing! I love things like this.

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

Loving the gorgeous coloring in the last image!

Ivy said...

OMG. I love these photos...so soft and romantic. Sounds like it was a lovely drive in the country. Thank you for sharing these. xo

Jen said...

love the photo of those pinky hued roses!

Leigha said...

Absolutely stunning!

Daile Wilson said...

I just love your blog! I see it every once and a while to see all of your beautiful photographs! I just link your DIY crepe paper flower craft to my blog if you don't mind! just gorgeous!

Nestled in Rosenberg said...

Oh my goodness...So, I'm glancing through my new Family Circle, I see an advertisement for Waverly.com. I can tell I'm going to love it. And I do... Then, I find out there's a blogroll and find YOU in it! Ah I'm so excited, I love your blog! So glad I found you.

T.bird

Dandelion and Grey said...

These images are so very gorgeous. I'm especially smitten with the last one!

anni said...

Just so lovely photos ! your blog is very beautiful :)

walrus studio said...

Those photos are beautiful, I love the one of the horse. I miss California so much!!

erika said...

Lovely photographs! Such a pretty point of view.

Lindsey said...

Would you consider sending me that romanticized lens for the summer?

Cassidy said...

beautiful photos ! love love love .

Sum said...

I love these photos.

pret-a-party said...

i love love love your blog. every post i find is better than the last. i have the chorus of that songe written on my profile - i'm a valley girl now and love to think back on the history of the place i live and how it once beautiful the old west must have been.

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