Today was the first rain of the season in the San Francisco Bay area. I am staying in the City of Burlingame off of El Camino Real, which is one of the main roads in the city. There are about 200 eucalyptus trees that were planted on El Camino Real (first image) in the late 1800's by landscape architect John McClaren. Additional strands exist along California Avenue and Easton Drive. The wet eucalyptus trees permeate the city with a very fresh smell and clean feeling when it rains outside. The arrival of the rain each year reminds one of this special characteristic of the city.
Burlingame has branded itself as the "City of Trees." The city (2000 population census 28,158) has 18,000 public trees. Large "heritage" trees are legally protected in the city, even those on private property that may reside in an inconvenient place, such as this tree in front of a garage. Additionally, each family residence is entitled to one free tree for the enhancement of their property.
There are other cities that brand themselves the "City of Trees," such as Sacramento, Toronto and Boise. However, none of these cities have the special qualities of Burlingame.