Spring is Really Here

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Spring is Really Here

A few weeks ago, I’ve started seeing pretty little flowers on trees, the hummingbirds started coming to our balcony, and we sprung forward (so the days are longer!) Spring was definitely loud and clear when I dropped by the LA Arboretum this past weekend on a quick trip to SoCal. I had initially wanted to go to see the peacocks and didn’t realize how beautiful this place is.  I ended up spending a few hours just walking the 127 acres of land.  I wanted to go at a time that didn’t have that many people overwhelming the space.  We were in LA for a long weekend so we left our visit to the Arboretum until Monday AM and we practically had the whole place to ourselves.  It was enchanted — a heaven just for us.  This space has everything: lakes, waterfalls, birds, and of course all kinds of vegetation. I warn you this post is a bit long, mostly because there was a lot to capture and there’s a lot to share.

Many parts of this space are very unassuming but with a bit more scrutiny, you can quickly pick up on the beautiful placement of the trees and the way everything interacts with eachother.  This spot alerted me early on to keep an eye out for that as I walked around.

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I also quickly learned to pay more attention as pretty creatures were all around.  And with the general quiet of that day, the birds were just comfortable.  I whistled to this guy and he literally flew towards me until he was a few feet away.  He was just as curious as I was.

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The lily pond has, as lily ponds always do, an atmosphere of serenity that you can sit there and enjoy for a long time.  With ducks wading through, fish swimming close to the surface and the occasional butterfly lazing around, little could mess up that moment.

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Birds were generally very comfortable with people around.  I still couldn’t get over how close I could get to take photos.

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This is probably my favorite spot with this quirky palm tree sticking out at the weirdest angle right above the water.

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Coming to this very special spot, you see egrets meandering — a little shyer than the other birds I saw earlier.

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Turn your head just to the other side… and naturally there’d be a breathtaking waterfall.  I’m amazed I managed to slow down the shutter speed enough to capture the water this way without getting a blurry photo.  I need to remember to bring a tripod next time around.

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And what would this paradise be without a bird of paradise.

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As we continued our walk, a peacock was perched on these high rocks.  Remember this guy doesn’t fly.  Quite impressive how high up he could go.  Nearby you could see one of the tallest trees at the arboretum.  Notice the size of it relative to the chair all the way at its base.

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Hello Goose.

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Here, it seems like every flower was in bloom.  The brilliance of this landscape is how everything looked together.

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Of course, flowers-in-bloom were all around.  I focused less on macro photos on this visit and more on landscape captures.  That means I just need to visit again! Gladly.

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