Grey Series, 14 September 2015: A Sign of Hope. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic)

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Good Evening:

It might not look like much to you, but in California, this represents hope:

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So what is it? Just a bit of sidewalk in Redwood Alley. So what of it? Well, the dark spots have no meaning; they’re just ordinary oil or grease spots. The white patch in the lower left? Just the regular color of the sidewalk. So why is the rest of the sidewalk a darker shade of grey?

That’s what matters, to San Francisco and to California.

That sidewalk turned a darker shade of grey at approximately 4:00 p.m. today because it rained.

This is potentially huge.

Early rains will probably ruin the state’s annual wine grape harvest, but not too many people care anymore. Today’s rain was very light, evaporating almost upon contact, and I saw no one opening an umbrella or looking bothered. But we need tons of rain and tons of rainy days, and normally it does not rain in San Francisco in September at all. The coming El Nino probably won’t eliminate the drought, and probably will cause enormous property damage thanks to flooding, but we’re desperate for any water at all.

Almost as if we want new problems because we’re sick of the old.

Vonn Scott Bair

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