Even though we received a little bit of rain in California this week, the rainy season – if it even comes this year – is still several weeks away. In the meantime, I have gotten used to the golden hills as well as the brown front lawns. When I see pictures of people outside in the Midwest or in Europe, I am always surprised by the green grass in the photos; it seems fake, unrealistic, and just flat out odd. The color just does not feel right; grass is not meant to be green after May.
I have not only become used to the grass turning golden but actually have started to appreciate the view. Azure, royal-blue skies are stretching over golden hills dotted with the dark green boughs of California oaks – this is the view that for me beats all the green rolling hills that I have been accustomed to in the past in Europe. And even if we do receive enough rain this winter to end the California drought, I know that I can look forward to golden hills glistening in the sun in this Mediterranean climate come May.