Field Trip to LA Arboretum, Dec. 9, 2007

Field Trips

A large group of 15 met for breakfast, at Carrows, in Palmdale, before departing on our trip to the LA Arboretum, in Arcadia.  We met up with a few more LPA members, at the site.  We escaped the COLD of the Antelope Valley, and spent a delightfully nice day in  Arcadia.   

After posing for that infamous “group shot”, the gang scattered in all directions, as there was over 120 acres to explore.  After making our way past all the peacocks, some headed off toward the Queen Anne Cottage, which was open for the day, for guided tours.  Others headed off towards the garden waterfall.

Even though it was a December day, there were still quite a few unique plants in blossom, and lots of bright yellow Ginko trees showing their fall color.  Peacocks were scattered throughout the park, as were Canadian Geese, squirrels, and even pond turtles.

Every once in awhile, a flock of birds would take off in flight, and skim over the water, and then land again.  It would have been a great opportunity for some nice action shots, but I was a little to slow that day.   

The Queen Anne cottage was all decorated for Christmas, and the docent was dressed in costume, and provided a great history lesson of Lucky Baldwin and his estate.  Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside the cottage.  All other sites and buildings on the grounds were available to photograph.  I was particularly intrigued by Lucky Baldwin’s ultra fancy Coach Barn, made out of redwood, where only the “best” horses got to stay.

Thank you to Pat & Dale Ware for arranging another fun LPA field trip!!!

Photo by Dennis Goodno

Photo by Sue Craft

Photo by Sue Craft

Photo by Sue Craft

Photo by Sue Craft

Photo by Sue Craft


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