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Dontcha just love competition? Hillary versus Obama; MacDonald’s versus Wendy’s; Pigeons versus Seagulls. I’ve put $20 on the pigeons because they’re playing it cool, not giving up any turf. Too bad the folks around here aren’t more like the pigeons. BTW- the lowly pigeon was first introduced into the British American Colonies by high lords for hunting and dining purposes- how delectible! Tastier even than pheasant!


Anyway, there is no such thing as an ugly bird in flight. Even the lowly pigeon looks noble and majestic in flight! Whether solitary or in a flock.


A friend once showed me a picture of the Cahuenga Pass from the late 30’s. The rolling hills were pristine; adorned with oak trees and the scrub I imagine was wild sage. Oh, how that picture made me sigh. It got me right here, as they used to say in the old days.

Of course, nearly every inch of land in the Pass has been bought and sold many times over. Any grass you find, I assure you will be planted sod. You know I can never remember the name of the cemetary on the hill with the big cross. I won’t be surprised when the developers get public domain over those graves. In twenty years time, that hill will be covered with condos and duplexes at prices only the super rich can afford.

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About Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is also an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Natasha, Maxwell, Tigger and Nigel.

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