Monday, January 26, 2009

we breathe this stuff in??


this calm landscape image of the san gabriel valley shows just how much garbage we get to breathe in. los angeles county is working hard to clean the air, but click on the image and you can see a noticable brown smudge across the horizon. riding a bike, running or jogging, you inhale deeply, and sadly don't always get the cleanest mouthful.

but i hear it used to be much worse... like not being able to even see the mountains from pasadena.

8 comments:

Trish said...

I have stood ON the mountain and not been able to see it. In Altadena, at Mountain View Cemetery and I have not been able to see the mountains above.

30-40 years ago, we could see Mt San Gorgonio from Fair Oaks & where it crosses the 210 or even better from Monterey Road in SoPas. On a clear day, that still happens.

It also took 5 years of visits to my folks for my spouse to actually ever see Mt Wilson and was shocked at "how big the mountain was".

As a kid, we had "smog days", what probably now would be Spare the Air days. We couldn't play on the playground, we had recess inside and any PE was also inside or without running around---which defeated the purpose for grammar school kids!

Cafe Pasadena said...

bw, looks like you got lucky to catch a clear day!
Wish we could see these blue skies more often.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Where is this shot taken from?

ben wideman said...

this one is also from our visit to the Griffith Park Observatory.

annika said...

True that it is better. I recall a view from the PCC campus in 1991--a thick brown layer obscuring Mt. Wilson--and that was a normal day.

pasadenapio said...

Compared to when I arrived here in '91, this is a crystal clear photo. Hey, a little "on-shore flow" never hurt anybody!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Actually, this still looks fairly clear to me. I've seen it look so much worse. :-( There are days you can't even see those mountains.

Petrea said...

California's been doing a good job consistently for the 20 years I've been here, cleaning up what was a bad mess. This is why are emissions laws are strict - we need them to be!