Thar’s oil in them thar . . . parking lots

The great thing about having a photo blog is that you get the chance to learn little interesting facts.  While driving around Southern California I took this snap overlooking the city of Long Beach:

And I couldn’t resist driving up and seeing one of these oil pumps up close:

But naturally I got curious about why there are so many oil pumps in this area, so a quick check on Wikipedia pulled up this article about the Long Beach Oil Field, at one time a hugely important natural resource for the U.S.