South Pasadena’s many heritage trees are almost as famous as the Craftsman houses. While Southern California is noted for its palm trees — and South Pas is home to quite a few of them — many other gorgeous specimens tangle up our local landscape. Streets are lined with towering camphors, oaks, sycamores, maples and pines. They stretch out into a thick canopy overhead, offering perches for the parrots and shade for the people. They also reach deep into the earth, cracking sidewalks on the surface and breaking old clay pipes underground.
I love the leafy tops, but it’s those roots below that always make me grab my camera.