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Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part III)

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The little green heron with his prize!

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The Heron Hunting (Part III)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting (Part II)

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Part I.

The Heron Hunting (Part II)
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Heron Hunting

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I spent probably half an hour watching this guy and taking his picture. I’m sure D thought I was nuts!

The Heron Hunting
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Lizard in the Mud

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Another garden, another lizard! I found this guy working hard on his pushups, which is a way that lizards communicate with each other. I wonder what he was trying to say to me.

The Lizard in the Mud
24 March 2008
Huntington Gardens, San Marino, CA

Vacations Past: The Koala in the Tree

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Wish I could say that I took this when I was in Australia, but at those times in my life I was not so good with a camera. No, this sleepy little marsupial was to be found at the Los Angeles Zoo, a great place to spend a whole day.

Little known fact: koala populations are threatened by all the usual suspects — habitat loss, hunters, and car collisions — as well as diseases like chlamydia. How to tell if a koala has chlamydia? Common signs are pink eye and a dirty tail/wet bottom (yeah, it’s as gross as it sounds).

The Koala in the Tree
24 March 2008
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

Vacations Past: The Lotus in the Water

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Deep in the heart of Van Nuys, there lies an unexpected secret — the Japanese Gardens, hidden next to the Tillman Reclamation Plant. For only $3/person admission ($3!!!), you can stroll the grounds at your leisure, delighting in the architecture and rare plants. I think, though on this I can’t remember for certain, that they even offer a tea experience in their tea house, which is a welcome respite from the sun and the heat. One sort of strange thing — though parking is free, because you are next to a water reclamation plant there is a security guard before you enter the grounds, and he takes down the information of your driver’s license. Eep.

The Lotus in the Water
08 June 2008
Japanese Gardens, Van Nuys, CA

Vacations Past: The Hummingbird in the Flowers

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Never have I gotten so close to hummingbirds before as I have in Southern California. They are gorgeous, and quite happy to ignore you if you stay as still as possible. There had been times in the past when I had sat, reading on my balcony, and they flew right up to me, but I think in the Arboretum, surrounded by nature, they are even more perfect.

The Hummingbird in the Flowers
06 June 2008
Los Angeles Arboretum, Los Angeles, CA