April 18, 2010

Imagine My Surpirse.....

When I stumbled across this colorful splendor! The other day while driving to Santa Anita Racetrack (my  family is deeply invloved in the horse-racing industry and my sister and I were headed over there to do a little work)...I must say reluctantly, until we came upon a world of endless peacocks grazing, mating and just kicking back all over the lawns, roof-tops, and garden of all the private homes down a little road in Arcadia, LA.

Arcadia is the home of the LA County Arboretum that house 200 peacocks. This 127 acres of land was originally purchased by Elias Baldwin in 1875 as a ranch. The area is so lush and tropical that in the 30's the TV series Tarzan and Paradise Island were filmed here. Baldwin brought over a pair of peacocks from India to mate and now the areas if filled with peacocks everywhere...And I mean everywhere. Nobody is allowed to touch them so they wander freely through the streets and all over the private homes. It is hilarious, totally inspiring and a complete surprise. Their colors are so electric that they appear almost surreal and even more so because they are just strolling around freely...imagine opening your front door and being greeted by 6 mating peacocks!

10 comments:

  1. I adore peacocks! Posted about them on my blog awhile ago. Flannery O'Connor raised them in Milledgeville, GA.
    http://whitehaveninteriors.blogspot.com/2010/03/proud-as-peacock.html

    Perhaps they will inspire a line of peacock fabric from you?

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  2. I had a friend that moved from Connecticut to Arcadia, right across the street from the Arboretum. The peacocks would sit on the roofs of the houses and the first night we were all there we could not figure out what the horrible sound was. It was like a small child crying, "heeelp, heeelp." Eventually we figured out it was the peacocks and learned to love the sound. What fun to go on a walk and see peacocks parading around as if they were regular birds. Strange what we can get used to!

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  3. Great background, LULU,the peacocks are so special. I lived in San Diego thirteen years and loved the races at Delmar

    I have a new post and interview up I think you will enjoy!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  4. there is something about them-and they continue to bring inspiration on Courtney's Stylecourt blog and mine too, via Edith Sitwell.

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  5. How lucky! What a beautiful image, so inspiring.

    P.S. Been loving your blog by the way!

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  6. What bliss and such gorgeous colours! Maybe some inspiration for some fabric........??????

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  7. Next to my house in Sweden lives a peacock. It's an awe inspiring creature when the feathers come out. I can stare at those color combinations forever wondering how to transfer it to a similarly perfect interior.

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  8. Beautiful. Definitely a lot of inspiration in those feathers.

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  9. Gorgeous! I did a peacock posting last week after visiting the Bronx Zoo. I was in awe over the creature and very inspired by its color palette.

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  10. I also love peacocks! Very Nice. Sooo beautiful picture!

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