The Centennial Walkway between the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. These folks managed to dodge the slow moving Frond Turtles.
The urban greenscape in Balboa Park looked a bit different yesterday on my park walk. A winter storm blew through and left lots of palm fronds and debris in my path. I'm lucky that none hit me in the head and my power wasn't down like about 38,000 other San Diegans.
Back east you rightly get snow pics for days after a blizzard like Jonas. As I well know from my days in Brooklyn the remnants of snow storms are no picnic to live with.
For example try crossing streets at corners mounded with snow and narrow paths filled with undrained slush when you aren't wearing boots. You need to be a very creative slush dodger or you will be walking on wet cold feet.
Here we get palm fronds and you don't have to shovel them. Big deal eh? Storm today, sun tomorrow usually. I shot some pics to share. More of them are in an unedited Flickr album.
This is perhaps the most popular picture taking location in the park. It is the view from El Prado looking towards the Botanical Building. I could hardly believe what I saw. The flower beds became a frond dump evidently due to some freaky wind currents on El Prado.
There will be no shortage of fallen fronds in the park if the forthcoming El Niño season is as strong as predicted. Note the guy wires between the palms. Fallen trees would be a lot worse than fallen fronds.