A Heartbreaking Walk in Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles
I took my first real walk tonight since my foot surgery April 14, 2014. I decided to stay close to home base, so I drove to the local park in our neighborhood that runs along the Salinas River, Larry Moore Park. There has been no water in the river this year because we've had almost no rain. I think my last walk there was near the beginning of the year, and it was already showing signs of the drought . What I saw this evening broke my heart. In this article I will focus on just one tree. It used to be a beautiful cottonwood when I first started walking this park almost ten years ago. What you see in the introductory photo is one of the breaks in it.
Before I saw this break, I saw what's below. I was coming toward it on the path and realized it was no bush, but a fallen tree branch. I know it's a cottonwood because of the leaves.
The photo below shows the bottom of the tree's trunk.
This photo shows where this branch is almost completely broke off. Maybe the few greenish leaves are supported by the little that's still connected to the tree.
Although it really would take a panoramic shot to do this fallen tree justice, the shot below is the best I could do to show what's left of the tree in its full length.
Scenes like this break my heart. Not only are trees dying, but even the rosemary is dying. They must have stopped all irrigation. The river is dry. All the grass except in the baseball field, which is still irrigated, is brown. Dead wood is everywhere. It's a fire just waiting to happen, and there is a lot of vandalism in the park and homeless people are camping in the part of the riverbed covered with brush and dry driftwood. Such a fire might easily spread to the tract of homes across the street. I'm about three blocks away.
California needs rain.
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