Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Taking The Shortcut

This old tugboat is high and dry in a front yard in the narrow valley along the shortcut that goes to my parents' house.

Along the same route are dozens of greenhouses. Our town was considered the Flower Capitol of the World during the 1950s and 1960s, but that all changed when an eight lane freeway cut through town and agriculture gave way to construction. Where carnations, roses and snapdragons once grew, housing tracts have sprung up. A few flower farmers have hung on. This particular grower has a bountiful crop of gerberas, also known as Transvaal daisies, coming soon to a grocery store near you.


steven said...

hello golden west, beached boats, cars in fields, broken down farmhouses always fill me with wonder questions. wonder why? wonder what happened? wonder when? wonder if?
i also wonder what went through the minds of the developers when they covered over the greenhouses and fields of flowers? it's all so sad and strange isn't it. have a peaceful day. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

That little boat looks as though it has sailed straight out of The African Queen!