Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Hike 2015.091 -- Los Angeles County Arboretum and the Huntington Library and Gardens
It's somewhat rare (but not unprecedented) that I include a hike in a "developed" park. But these did total over three miles of walking, and I was walking where I could not drive, so it qualifies under my "hike" definition."
Additionally, I get into a whole slew of other gardens and arboretums for free. Not Descanso Gardens, unfortunately, which I still have never been to. But I will be able to go to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, in Claremont, which I also have never been to.
The water, by the way, was incredibly low. I'm pretty sure the egret could walk across the entire pond without losing footing on the pond bottom.
I was also happy to see a dawn redwood. They're "living fossils": A plant that is largely unchanged since dinosaur days.
(I guess some forms of cypress are also like that--I remember them from Land Between the Lakes, and there were a few of them here in the Arboretum, too).
In any event, you can see a bit of yellow or brown tinge to the pyramid-shaped tree, here (a dawn redwood). It's a different shade from an actual dead or dying conifer.
Diana made the cut, though. I like the form of this statue, and shoot it almost every time I come to this place.
Colorful Ginkgo trees, there. Ironically, these are also "living fossils," and developed lived contemporaneously with the dawn redwood and cycads that we mentioned earlier. Also, their fan-like leaves were the symbol of the Tokugawa Shogunate, which ruled Japan for hundreds of years, before falling with the Meiji Restoration.
Other than the Ginkgo, I think most of the fall foliage here was also past peak.