Agave utiliensii

Picture of the Moment—The very rare Agave utiliensii

Picture of the Moment

The city of San Diego, as well as its suburbs, love to paint their streetside utility boxes.

I’m not complaining.

I love ’em, and I’m always on the lookout for the coolest of the cool ones.

Utility boxes are usually at street corners or in heavily trafficked areas where there is no parking so they often are difficult to get a picture of.

I have been known, however, to go around the block several times looking for parking so I can get out and take a picture.

Here’s one of my favorites from this past weekend:

Agave utiliensii

I believe it’s the very rare Agave utiliensii, not normally seen in cultivation.

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18 thoughts on “Picture of the Moment—The very rare Agave utiliensii

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Lots of electrical systems that run the street lights and traffic signals, or it could be an electric transformer for the neighborhood, bringing that high-voltage electricity from the electric company down to 110-220 volt electricity that we can use in our homes.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          It depends on whether or not the neighborhood’s occupants are rich. The rich get their power underground so they don’t have those unsightly power poles. Where this utility box was located in in a rich area, so no poles there.

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              1. acflory

                After the terrible Black Saturday bushfire that killed over 170 people, there was a big Royal Commission to find out what happened [and who was to blame]. Much of the blame was attributed to the electricity transformers that dot the landscape outside the urban areas.
                One of the recommendations was to put power lines underground. I guess that was too ‘expensive’ because the power company in my area has chosen to replace ordinary power cables with super heavy duty ones. Will it make a difference if a HUGE fire comes through? -rolls eyes-

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                1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

                  Many of our fires here are caused by electric lines blowing in the Santa Ana winds. The lines or poles either get blown down, or the lines get blown into trees. Both are good enough to start fires.

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                  1. acflory

                    Yes. Exactly the same here. In Victoria where I live, we get powerful northerlies blowing south from the desert areas in the ‘centre’. I’d say the two winds are probably very similar, and equally as dangerous. 😦

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