The City of Angels
From the top of a hill after a bitterly cold storm system finally finished passing through, the City of Angels sparkles in the morning sun while brilliant fresh white snow glows in the background. I recall the first time I encountered a photo of the Los Angeles skyline with snowcapped mountains behind. It was just a seemingly bizarre sight considering southern California’s association with warm weather. Aligned just behind the tallest buildings in downtown Mount San Antonio, also known as Mount Baldy, towers 10,064 feet above the Los Angeles basin and the is highest point in Los Angeles County. The clear skies below mask what must have been miserably windy conditions on the peak evidenced by the snow blowing thousands of feet into the air from the summit. The clear skies give way to turbulent conditions just to the east of Cucumonga Peak on the right. And the white paint of the snow descends down all the way to around the 1 mile mark in elevation. For the first several weeks that I lived here I didn’t even know that Mount Baldy was there. Deep summer haze hid it entirely. One day the skies cleared and suddenly this massive mountain was visible all the way to the beach. Thereafter I have always treasured the first morning after a winter storm when the air becomes crisp and crystal clear like it was yesterday morning here.