Palos Verdes Estates - Warm spring air whips through the towering branches of two Canary Island Pines.
I hear the steady rush of an approaching gust of wind billowing through the trees. Eagerly, I anticipate the whispering rush against my cheeks.
The quiet cul-de-sac is filled with glinted speckles of pollen seeds dancing; spinning poetically with each added gust. Closing my goopy sore eyes helps to soak in the remaining rays of sunlight.
The air smells of crushed wildflower and stale dust kicked up by horses from the trail just south of where I lay atop the oxidized bed cover of my trusty pickup.
From a distance, the joyous sound of children playing echoes across the neighborhood. Dog walkers casually stroll along paths between weeds and scattered spring wildflowers. They chat on cell phones while canines intoxicatingly sniff tree stumps and others’ rumps.
Below the Valmonte hillside, fiery-orange glints of a setting sun reflect on windshields and buildings across a sprawling patchwork of communities. From this distance and perspective I can feel the energy of downtown LA settling down for the night. The day has relinquished to night. Lights flicker and crawl, as if an army of fireflies marches in unison.
The sound of another gust of wind approaches.
My forearms goose bump as the sun bids farewell below the lowest branches of the Canary Island Pines.
1. How does the presence of nature in our community effect the quality of life we enjoy?
2, Would Lucera Circle be as beautiful if it were not for the Canary Island Pines and other trees in the area?
3. How do local residents feel living in an area surrounded by so much nature?
4. What else besides nature reminds us about the beauty of life?
5. If you asked a hundred people which they would rather have in their front yard; a new car or an old tree- how many would answer, old tree?
6. What is it about trees that makes a neighborhood a more desirable area to live in?