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BACKYARD 1 — BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
at 9601 Oak Pass Rd. (1938—1957)
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, in the E. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS
Historical Macro-Moth Study (1953-1957)
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DOCUMENTATION of the EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!


(above) Looking down from the hills of Arroyo Seco Parkway at Los Angeles City Hall and Civic Center
buildings surrounded by smog, 1948


(below) Highland Park Optimist Club wearing smog-gas masks at banquet, Los Angeles, Calif., circa 1954
A hilarious (actually, pathetic and depressing) “smog-denial syndrome” began to evolve all around Los Angeles during this same time period (from about the mid 1950's, and onward). We had many friends scattered here and there across the L.A. basin and the San Fernando Valley, and we often visited them. Without failure (whenever the topic of “smog ” came up), I could count on the homeowner we were visiting at the moment to state, “We don't have any smog here, because of our sea-breeze / land-breeze / canyon-breeze / higher elevation” (etc., etc.).... But over there, that's where they have all the smog” — (pointing to some place else, across the city, where one of our other friends lived!!....And so on and on, ad nauseum, all the way around the city!)....It was entirely about denial — but never about honestly acknowledging the existence of a problem, and sincerely wanting to DO something about it!! (Does any of this sound like politics TODAY???!!! Nothing much has changed.). The “ostrich-cartoon”, totally sums up this stupidity in 13 words (note, particularly, the first two!)....

Did it never occur to any of these determined ostriches, that even a 6-year old might notice that there were no tidy “compartmentalizing-fences” up in the wide open sky above them??....And that (“sea-breezes” or NOT) Santa Catalina Island was also drowning in smog at that time?? [Click here, for a more concise “take” on this whole mindless syndrome — and some honest advice on what could (but won't) be done to bring back real quality-of-life for everyone.].... For further commentary on the plight of OAKS in California, see also the Hovore essay (no. 7).

References:

Changing Times: Los Angeles in Photographs, 1920-1990
UCLA Library Digital Collections
1A — Growing Up Wild in the ELFIN FOREST north of Beverly Hills (1938-1957)

Dedications

Growing Up Wild in Beverly Hills!

EARLY DAYS on OAK PASS Rd. (1937-1945) and HOW the ROAD GOT ITS NAME

FIRES

- (A) Botanical Highlights

-- Historical Remarks on Oaks

-- EARLY EVOLUTIONARY STAGES of the "SMOG-DENIAL SYNDROME"!

-- OAK PASS NATIVE PLANTS TODAY (??)

-- Echos From the Past!

-- A Bit of SUMMERTIME FOGBANK-BOTANY

- (B) LOCAL BUTTERFLY HIGHLIGHTS

- (C) LOCAL BIRDS REMEMBERED

- (D) LOCAL MAMMALS REMEMBERED

- (E) REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS REMEMBERED

CONTACT INFORMATION

DESSERT (Purely for Amusement!)

THE HONEY-SNOB'S CORNER


1B — BACKPORCH MOTH COLLECTION at 9601 Oak Pass Road (1953-1957)

A five-year study (1953-1957) documenting the occurrence of 283 macro-moth species on one acre of woodland habitat at 9601 Oak Pass Rd., 5 road-miles north of Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills (a mixture of undisturbed Southern Oak Woodland / Chaparral / Coastal Sage Scrub habitat, at 1100 ft. elevation).

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS CALIFORNIA SITE

ABOUT THE BACKYARD CONCEPT

BACKGROUND & INTRODUCTION

About the Moth Studies at 9601 Oak Pass Road

BEATING or SWEEPING for LARVAE - A MOST PRODUCTIVE COLLECTING TECHNIQUE

ABUNDANCE-RATINGS DEFINED

The OLD BEVERLY HILLS (OAK PASS ROAD) MOTH STUDY COMPARED WITH THREE OTHER (MORE RECENT) SURVEYS IN COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

OBSERVED DIFFERENCES IN THE MACRO-MOTH FAUNAS OF THE ABOVE THREE OTHER SURVEYED COASTAL CALIFORNIAN LOCALITIES

HISTORICAL PHOTOS and A PLEA for FUTURE STUDIES in the SAME REGION

FRANK SALA'S CORNER

FRANK HOVORE'S CORNER


1C — HABITAT PHOTOS Documenting the Surrounding Locality (1957-1964)

1C - HABITAT PHOTOS (1957-1964)

DIRT ROADS

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