The Historic Highlands district is prototypical of the Pasadena-Altadena aesthetic: turn-of-the-century Craftsman homes next to 1920s Spanish bungalows across from grand colonial-revival mansions, set amid a forest of mature oaks, eucalyptus and jacaranda trees.
The tidy north Pasadena neighborhood resounded Thursday with the whine of chain saws biting into many of those trees, as residents dug out after a night of howling winds turned palm fronds into missiles and launched limbs into backyards. Drifts of eucalyptus leaves banked up against curbs; as cars crushed them, the piles gave off a fragrant scent.
-- Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Photo: Joy Gibson cuts up a jacaranda tree toppled by the winds in Pasadena. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times