Wednesday, May 21, 2008

which way is up?


these trees which line east mountain street have a distinctive lean. my guess is that they are probably pointing in the direction of the most consistent sunlight, but it's just a guess. this picture was taken on a sunday morning ride to church.

5 comments:

IamMBB said...

My other guess would be that they're leaning away from the wind.

Ben Wideman said...

quite possible that is the case. We don't have a great amount of wind in this part of Pasadena, but maybe once you get up that high...

Ben Wideman said...

and just as quickly as I made the comment about not having wind, we have the windiest day since we've been living in CA.

Anonymous said...

I have to say I live in Pasadena but I noticed that almost all of that species palm tree leans to the south in all of southern california. It has always bafled me.But I think its because they are all top heavy and there is a gradual slope from the base of the mountains down to the ocean and that it is gravity pulling them as they grow.

ben wideman said...

Helpful insight! I'm not sure if it's actually true, but I'm going to start saying it is :)