There are more hillsides turning green besides the ones behind our house. Further up Saddleback Mountain there is a growing patch of green. But it’s not the natural green of tender shoots of new grass. It’s artificial green.
It has something to do with the crop dusters that have been flying over the canyons and ridges the past week. These sturdy little planes have been circling above the mountains and then swooping down, much like the ariel tankers that were diving on the mountains two months ago. But the material that comes out of this time is not water or the red fire retardant, it’s that same artificial green.