California has too much growth, too much sprawl, too many people, too many cars, too many budget problems, too many wild fires, and their politics are too weird, but love is alive with
and an oak tree
and whiffs of clouds in a blue, blue sky
tawny grasses on rolling hills
and dry summer fragrances
"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.
Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."
~ Hal Borland, Countryman: A Summary of Belief