Friday, June 27, 2008

Hometown Tree

From the Monday Art Day blog,

This is a drawing of my favorite tree from my childhood. It was the greatest climbing tree ever. It even had a place where a branch separated and grew back together to form a throne to sit on. It was an avocado tree, so it also provided a tasty snack and a plenitude of amo to through at neighborhood bullies.

I grew up in Leucadia, California, which was entirely covered in avocado orchards and small green houses before anyone started building real houses. It was a lazy beach town with a population comprised of surfers, hippies, and immigrants. As the years wore on, the trees were all but sacrificed for the cement and wood of housing and commercial pursuits. The beach culture, that I loved, was transformed into a consumer culture. Yet through it all this tree still stands on Sanford St. in the front yard of the house I grew up in.



  1. San Elijo Hills RocksJune 27, 2008 9:32 PM

    thats some quality art. Both the drawing and the writing. thanks.

  2. I grew up here, too. Early Olivenhain,to be exact. When we went to buy our first home, I told my husband "Anywhere but north Leucadia- that's where all the hippies, druggies and gypsy live." Sure glad we didn't take my advise. We live near your old tree!

  3. Thanks for sharing a fond memory.


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