Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Peacocks, among many other animal species, are all around the park, on the ground, in trees, on rooftops - everywhere. They're accoustomed to being around people, and don't run off when approached. The males often can be found displaying their exquisite plumage.
Viewed up close, the eye-like designs on their feathers look as though they were painted on.
Do these birds actually experience something akin to pride? From a human perspective, their behavior often appears so.
Note the more densely packed patterns behind the bird's neck. These also look almost as though painted on.
Leaves on a ginkgo tree cast a pleasant shade over a park bench - a nice place to eat lunch.
A Chinese Lantern flower.
A Wood Duck stands next to his mate on the edge of a large pond.
Close to the large pond is a bamboo forest.
The bamboo plants, actually a huge member of the grass family, form a canopy high above the ground.
Even on a bright sunny day, only a soft light filters down to illuminate the floor of the little forest.
There is something very peaceful about standing beneath the bamboo.
A blossom on a "Tulip Tree", illuminated by a patch of sunlight filtering between its leaves, almost appears to be on fire.
A fairly large area of the park is covered by a thick oak tree canopy. Some of these trees are well over 100 years old.
A relative of the Rhododendron, this bright orange flower appears to jump out from the softly lit background beneath the oak canopy.
Harshly lit against a dark background, a lone Calla Lily graces the scene.
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