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!