Outdoors

LA County Arboretum

Yesterday, I went to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.  I haven’t been there since about 1999.  It was a hazy day, so none of the photos turned out really great except for close-ups.

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When I arrived, the parking lot was not too full, which was great.  I walked in the entrance, and the lady at the desk said it was their free day.  That was nice, but I immediately was worried it would be like Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix on their free day.  WAY too busy!  As it ended up, there weren’t very many people there at all.

In the parking lot, there was a big sign advertising that the ‘Aloe Walk’ was in bloom.  Yay!

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The next thing I noticed was that there were peacocks EVERYWHERE!  I’ve never seen so many peacocks in one place before.  There were also Canada Geese, and some Guinea fowl.

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The geese were just in one place, and lots of people were checking them out.  They didn’t seem too interested in the people.

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Oh, and the Guinea hens.  Who wouldn’t love this prehistoric, dinosaur-looking face?!

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I guess that brings us to the Aloes.  What an amazing display!  Big ones, small ones, medium-sized ones.  All blooming.

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Below is Aloe speciosa.  It’s one of my favorites, as far as Aloe blooms go.

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Here is a non-Aloe shot – part of the desert garden:

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Look, Mom – FIGS!  I almost harvested them, but oh, yeah…Botanical Gardens don’t usually smile on people picking their wares.

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Other than the geese, peacocks, and guineas, there were bunches of other birds, but the only one I got a decent picture of is this Allen’s hummingbird.

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Look, a tourist!  A nice lady with a cute little girl took my picture for me, and I took one of the two of them.

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…and look what I got for walking across the grass!  That’s right, it’s GOOSE POOP!

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Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and looking at and commenting on my goose poop (and YES, those are my brand new shoes)!

Here Comes Winter!

I know you all know how much I HATE the cold season.  So, I’m sure you can guess how excited I am that it’s getting cold, and it is now December.   We are in St. George for a few days, running away from the cold.  It’s not TOO much warmer here than home, but it’s enough.

Today, we rode our bikes.  We rode a trail that was new to both of us…Church Rocks.  Seems an appropriate name for a St. George area trail.  To get there, we rode on the Coral Canyon (paved) bike path for a little way.  I liked the path and the trail both a lot.  The Coral Canyon path is the one you see along the freeway (Interstate 15) on the east side a few miles before getting to St. George.  Here are a couple pics of me from today, and one of the two of us.

The first one features the ‘Church Rocks’ that the trail is named for in the background.

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Cheese!

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In other news…I failed to post in October this year.  I don’t like to do that, but sometimes things get busy.  🙂

Thanks for reading, and commenting!

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