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Sara Marie has been surprised many times by her sweet "spaghetti"  as she calls him, as he plans events custom to her likes and personality.  One event Sara Marie met, ...you know...That Guy...From TV...the next thing, her "spaghetti" knows how....
Sara Marie has been surprised many times by her sweet "spaghetti" as she calls him, as he plans events custom to her likes and personality. One event Sara Marie met, ...you know...That Guy...From TV...the next thing, her "spaghetti" knows how....

Annual Events 2014

In addition to weddings and family reunion gatherings, many locals bring their families to the Los Angeles Arboretum to enjoy nature and unusual ecosystems around the world. Many exhibits are located through the gardens and the major specimen trees and plantings have plaques with descriptions to identify and inform visitors. Needless to say you could never see all of the 127-acre gardens in one day so visits with family and friends can continue during the beginning of each of the four seasons. If you have children, they will remind you when it is springtime or that the harvest time celebration is coming. Some of the lectures are appropriate for adults, so consider bringing a babysitter or a reliable teenage relative to look after the kids and maybe help them feed the ducks at the pond while you attend a session. Sometimes it is good to call ahead because they have had standing room only for some popular speakers!

I look forward to the newborn peacocks at the end of July-August, and there are some plants that you'll never see in bloom in the wild, for example in the winter an Australian tree called the Acacia will be covered with yellow flowers, have you ever seen the beautiful silver leafed Eucalyptus tree in bloom? Its' flowers are yellow or bright red. I didn't know they thrive in the cold temperatures. My all time favorite tree is the Jacaranda Tree, they bloom each spring before they get their new leaves. Totally covered in purple from March - May, then they start to lose their blossoms...it's like purple snow everywhere! This in itself is a reason to take the kids, or...someone with a romantic heart...this spring!

Hope to see you there, this Spring 2014!


You've seen the Academy Awards, now Experience a Place of Excellence in LA! The Exquisite Environment for Lovers, A Day that Becomes a Romantic Gift in Itself!

I could not believe how tamed and unafraid these peacocks and their babies are, not at all like my own, my babies "Wayne and Annie" cry whenever anything startles them...perhaps I should cuddle them while watching TV??
I could not believe how tamed and unafraid these peacocks and their babies are, not at all like my own, my babies "Wayne and Annie" cry whenever anything startles them...perhaps I should cuddle them while watching TV??
Where in the world can you go to see sights like these???
Where in the world can you go to see sights like these???
And these?
And these?
And...awwwh!, ... these????
And...awwwh!, ... these????

Have you ever seen a baby peacock with it's mommy peacock?

Hi There! I am here to take you on an adventure of natural and various habitats of the world, only not by plane or train or boat, but by my Hub Pages Express! If you have read any of my previous hubs, you have surely noticed my photographs. (All of my photos that I publish with my articles are original art that I usually take expressly for the Hub that I am writing and I would be happy to discuss them with my readers, if you would like to purchase them, otherwise, please do not copy them or plagerize in any way, thanks!) I am including these photographs for your enjoyment but I am sad to say someone in the past ruined my articles trying to take the photos and I have had to copyright them all now. Please stay a while and enjoy the ADVENTURE!

If you are looking for a special gift for him, or for her...this little adventure pulls more weight than Flowers.com or Home Depot for sure! The greatest part about this gift is that its time spent together very inexpensively! You will enjoy my photographs, but believe me, when you go there, you'll want to take a camera of your own! I took over 400 shots in one day and you will only see a small sampling In this HubPage, but you really will want your significant other in your own photos. Also, don't be afraid to ask people visiting the gardens to take pictures of you together so you can be in some of them as well!

You are not only going to see fascinating photos of wildlife performing in their natural environments, but there are photos of antiques and awesome, awesome ideas for your own gardens and wildlife habitats! This is a date your lover will remember always, I can attest to that as I took my husband to the very weeping willow tree by the pond where we kissed on the day we had our engagement photos taken here...twenty years ago!


More Waterfowl, But That's Only a small part of this huge Wonderland!

Past the rushes and water plants, you get a feeling that your not in Southern California at all but another Deep Southern state or even a Marsh in Florida.
Past the rushes and water plants, you get a feeling that your not in Southern California at all but another Deep Southern state or even a Marsh in Florida.
The water fowl are abundant and friendly, no wild fluttering of wings or squawking! It is so peaceful here and the wild life are so vibrantly colorful!
The water fowl are abundant and friendly, no wild fluttering of wings or squawking! It is so peaceful here and the wild life are so vibrantly colorful!
The reflections in the pond are the only cover the wildlife needs, sometimes when you stop and look cloely you'll see things that you didn't notice before!
The reflections in the pond are the only cover the wildlife needs, sometimes when you stop and look cloely you'll see things that you didn't notice before!
Several varieties of wild ducks are co-habitating here quite peacefully.
Several varieties of wild ducks are co-habitating here quite peacefully.
Everywhere you look you'll be astounded by the trees and plants and the way it is all arranged!
Everywhere you look you'll be astounded by the trees and plants and the way it is all arranged!
Far into the pond the wild ducks lazily swim enjoying the mild September breezes...
Far into the pond the wild ducks lazily swim enjoying the mild September breezes...
On shore, mothers tend to ducklings, but there are  many kinds of water fowl enjoying the peace of this heavenly habitat!
On shore, mothers tend to ducklings, but there are many kinds of water fowl enjoying the peace of this heavenly habitat!
I recognize the green heads and black & whitw neckrings to be Mallards.  I will be back this winter to see if they fly south or can't bear to leave these surroundings...
I recognize the green heads and black & whitw neckrings to be Mallards. I will be back this winter to see if they fly south or can't bear to leave these surroundings...

Have You ever been to Los Angeles Arboretum? Would you take Wedding Photos There?

Do you know anyone who had Marriage Photos taken at L.A. Arboretum?

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Maps: locate LA Arboretum on the Map, Visitors Map

Off the  210 Freeway next  to the Santa Ana Racetrack
Off the 210 Freeway next to the Santa Ana Racetrack
Map of the Botanical Gardens and LA Arboretum Gardens of the World!
Map of the Botanical Gardens and LA Arboretum Gardens of the World!

Ok, so where is this Place?? What is it? How can I get more Info?

Now that you have made it halfway through my photo Adventure, are you curious where this place is? I think many people who live in Southern California probably will recognize the last few photos at the end of this article as many, many brides come here to have their engagement photos taken or on their wedding day to photograph their wedding parties. But if you cannot wait until you reach the end of the adventure (you can tell you have reached the end by the COMMENTS Section...this is where you should leave comments or ask any questions you may have...I will answer you in about 24 hours), if you need to know NOW, where this wonderful "A" Date spot is, A is for romance and aesthetics, oh! and you need to bring your own picnic basket unless you wish to eat in the commissary...

The name of this 127 -acre botanical garden is called the Los Angeles Arboretum, but it isn't located in Los Angeles, it is located directly off the 210 Freeway, in Arcadia. The address is 301 N. Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia , CA 91007. Their Website Link is: www.arboretum.org if you prefer to call the phone number is: 1-626/821-4623.

The Arboretum has Ongoing exhibitions all year, art classes, photography sessions, Family Picnic Sundays, Family Bird Walks, Tram tours (for those who cannot walk-no cars are allowed inside the Botanical Gardens), Lectures such as "Art in the Garden", school tours and many other special interest activities.

The Arboretum is opened from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Members admitted free, visitors pay $7. per adult, Seniors $5., and Students with IDs also pay $5. admission fee. Kids 5-12 are $2.50, babies free! This has got to be the "Best Bang for your Buck" that I have found yet!

Also many special events happen through-out the year, I am particularly excited to be a part of the Summer Evening Guided Tours Program, Walks in the Arboretum at night, after hours, each evening features a different section of the grounds. Can you imagine the wonders that come out at night?? There will be a Butterflies in Watercolor artist teaching in October, click on the Link to go to the Website to make your reservations....but not until after you finish this Adventure, scroll down to continue....!!!

More Peacocks and Wedding Views

The male peacock is the colorful one, females are more brown but their feathers are inticately designed.  The proud daddy overlooks his female and chicks.
The male peacock is the colorful one, females are more brown but their feathers are inticately designed. The proud daddy overlooks his female and chicks.
There are hundreds of peacocks throughout the property, here is another male content to watch his family from a distance and very unconcerned that we are very close!
There are hundreds of peacocks throughout the property, here is another male content to watch his family from a distance and very unconcerned that we are very close!
The babies do not get their colors until juvenile stage so they all look the same male and female.
The babies do not get their colors until juvenile stage so they all look the same male and female.
Like I was saying above...these lovely birds are everywhere on the grounds!
Like I was saying above...these lovely birds are everywhere on the grounds!
You can't tell size from this shot but this is a very grand Gazebo, it could probably hold 45 people or so!
You can't tell size from this shot but this is a very grand Gazebo, it could probably hold 45 people or so!
Didn't get a chance to show you the abundance of flowers, but I hope to do a Part II in Winter, Part III in Spring and Part IV in Early Summer!
Didn't get a chance to show you the abundance of flowers, but I hope to do a Part II in Winter, Part III in Spring and Part IV in Early Summer!

Whether You Love Beautiful Architecture, Antiques or Statuary, don't miss this!

You will see lovely statuary and gardenscapes, some hundreds of years old.
You will see lovely statuary and gardenscapes, some hundreds of years old.
So many views I could never count but you can be sure there are benches and lots of seating in all the best locations!
So many views I could never count but you can be sure there are benches and lots of seating in all the best locations!
Perhaps you love beautiful Architecture, or Antiques?  Walk this way!!!
Perhaps you love beautiful Architecture, or Antiques? Walk this way!!!
This figure is old and solid and makes be think of Indiana Jones' movies!
This figure is old and solid and makes be think of Indiana Jones' movies!
Wonderfully unique homes and stables with deeply rich wood textures and colors, some varnished to an incredible shine...
Wonderfully unique homes and stables with deeply rich wood textures and colors, some varnished to an incredible shine...
Wisteria covered arbors, pergolas and structures of many sizes and for many different functions...
Wisteria covered arbors, pergolas and structures of many sizes and for many different functions...
Lets take a peek into one of these stately mansions built in the 1800's!
Lets take a peek into one of these stately mansions built in the 1800's!
You can see the ancestor to the phonograph, record player, cassette player, CD player...etc...
You can see the ancestor to the phonograph, record player, cassette player, CD player...etc...
This old mansion is furnished with antiques and lovely tapestries and wallcoverings of the day.
This old mansion is furnished with antiques and lovely tapestries and wallcoverings of the day.
They had indoor plumbing and the faucets look to be individually hand crafted.
They had indoor plumbing and the faucets look to be individually hand crafted.
My fifteen year old daughter could not imagine herself sitting in this teeny sit up tub to take a bath, the things we take for granted, ey kids?
My fifteen year old daughter could not imagine herself sitting in this teeny sit up tub to take a bath, the things we take for granted, ey kids?
No TV, No DVD's, No Video games, so in the evenings, the females of the household would entertain the family by candlelight, playing the Harp!
No TV, No DVD's, No Video games, so in the evenings, the females of the household would entertain the family by candlelight, playing the Harp!
This living room is so elegant and refined, hard to imagine the contrast with the wild wilderness just outdoors!
This living room is so elegant and refined, hard to imagine the contrast with the wild wilderness just outdoors!

YOU can be the Romance King, Or Queen!

Some of the themes touched on by the photography in this article are Romantic scenery, Romantic Architecture, Romantic Gardens and Plants, Flowers, unexpected Romance in the antics of animals and birds, Romantic color such as sunsets, leafy canapies, Romantic pictics or taking photographs together.

Be sure to pack up needed items on behalf of your lover if your event is a surprise, clothes, sunscreen, cameras, blanket, romantic picnic, beverages. If your are going to be just the two of you or meeting friends, be aware of your lovers special needs and favorites.

Find out about your lover through his/her friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, whatever it takes. Learn to keep Good Secrets! Be careful to make plans and arrangements without raising suspicion or "jealousy", don't be obvious in your behaviors.

Pay attention to details and follow through! Do the unexpected!


You can rule in the area of Romance even if you never tried this before.

Best of LUCK, and in advance..... CONGRADULATIONS!

What Kind of Fish Tale is This???

Here is a close-up of a great blue Heron.  We thought she was here to visit but actually she came to show off!
Here is a close-up of a great blue Heron. We thought she was here to visit but actually she came to show off!
Right in front of where we stood watching some turtles and Coi fish, less than three feet away, she began to hover over the pond....
Right in front of where we stood watching some turtles and Coi fish, less than three feet away, she began to hover over the pond....
Quick as lighting she skimmed over the waters' surface where she located a fish of her liking.
Quick as lighting she skimmed over the waters' surface where she located a fish of her liking.
Plop down and she caught the fish first try!
Plop down and she caught the fish first try!
Now... does she fly away with her prize???
Now... does she fly away with her prize???
Within a minute or less this great blue Heron was back, right in front of us sporting her catch.
Within a minute or less this great blue Heron was back, right in front of us sporting her catch.
The funniest thing about this was that she didn't gulp it down, she sat for a while and posed so everyone could snap a picture.  I guess thats' what most fishermen like to do!
The funniest thing about this was that she didn't gulp it down, she sat for a while and posed so everyone could snap a picture. I guess thats' what most fishermen like to do!
She just sat and posed and posed and sat, for a very long time!  She looks like she is smiling!!!
She just sat and posed and posed and sat, for a very long time! She looks like she is smiling!!!
There were other people there watching and marveling at the tame nature of the wild birds here!
There were other people there watching and marveling at the tame nature of the wild birds here!
I don't know exactly who was more curious about who but no one seemed too upset and the interaction!
I don't know exactly who was more curious about who but no one seemed too upset and the interaction!
Perhaps she was taunting the Coi and turtles near the surface of the pond?   (Turtle extending his head out of the water).
Perhaps she was taunting the Coi and turtles near the surface of the pond? (Turtle extending his head out of the water).
WOW, WASN"T THAT A FISH TAIL??
WOW, WASN"T THAT A FISHTAIL??

From waterscapes, to desert scapes, to Jungle Flora and Fauna...Follow the Footsteps!

Follow the footprints to information centers that show diagrams and details on everything in the area, some describe the wilds of Australia, Africa and Mexico just to name a few.
Follow the footprints to information centers that show diagrams and details on everything in the area, some describe the wilds of Australia, Africa and Mexico just to name a few.
Along every pathway you will see gardens of all descriptions, one more beautiful than the next, the design specific to each environment...
Along every pathway you will see gardens of all descriptions, one more beautiful than the next, the design specific to each environment...
The countless desert scapes take away any skepticism about water conservative plantings...they are delightful, and hide amazing desert creatures that roam freely.
The countless desert scapes take away any skepticism about water conservative plantings...they are delightful, and hide amazing desert creatures that roam freely.
The wildness of the desert has a wild beauty if its' own...whether its' Californian, the Sahara or African.
The wildness of the desert has a wild beauty if its' own...whether its' Californian, the Sahara or African.
I love to photograph interesting tree trunks, of my 400+ photos many are of trees and unsual growths...
I love to photograph interesting tree trunks, of my 400+ photos many are of trees and unsual growths...
African jungle flowers and plants contained in a misty hot house so covered with trees and giant plants you forget you are indoors, the sounds of waterfalls are all you can hear!
African jungle flowers and plants contained in a misty hot house so covered with trees and giant plants you forget you are indoors, the sounds of waterfalls are all you can hear!
Wall gardens, like this Antlers' Fern cover the interior jungle garden walls.
Wall gardens, like this Antlers' Fern cover the interior jungle garden walls.
Some Bromilliads thrive hundreds of feet up into the Tree Canopies of the Jungle!
Some Bromilliads thrive hundreds of feet up into the Tree Canopies of the Jungle!
Bamboo gardens are found through out the property and some school children have even carved their names as dates into one forest of bamboo trunks!
Bamboo gardens are found throughout the property and some school children have even carved their names as dates into one forest of bamboo trunks!
Many types of Bamboo from many parts of the world grow here in forests that are at least 15 degrees cooler inside!
Many types of Bamboo from many parts of the world grow here in forests that are at least 15 degrees cooler inside!
Pictures do no justice to this lovely timber, bamboo is fast growing and helps with keeping our homes eco-friendly!
Pictures do no justice to this lovely timber, bamboo is fast growing and helps with keeping our homes eco-friendly!
As you walk along you'll find  surprise partnerships of plants growing intermingled or climbing or even attaching themselves to each other.
As you walk along you'll find surprise partnerships of plants growing intermingled or climbing or even attaching themselves to each other.
There are endless varieties of Orchids through out the jungle gardens and I even saw some you can take home at the Garden Gift Shop!
There are endless varieties of Orchids through out the jungle gardens and I even saw some you can take home at the Garden Gift Shop!

By the time you are halfway into your Adventure...

Yes, by the time you and your lover are halfway into your Romantic Adventure, you will be in an emotional place equal to your environment. If you remembered to bring special items to perfect your experience together, your will already be pretty high on his/her list. The adventure continues and you will both be in awe of how much closer you are becoming already. You have paid attention to detail and now your lover is drawn to you and anticipating an incredible day!

Doesn't this sound so much more valuable than handing your lover a gift with a card, receiving that little hug and peck on the cheek? Invest your time, invest your mind and creativity and you will be amazed at the long term rewards.

Artistry in hardscape design as well as plant placement, the "eye candy" is delicious!

I can't cover but a small sampling of the beautiful ideas for garden structures shown in this lovely place!
I can't cover but a small sampling of the beautiful ideas for garden structures shown in this lovely place!
There are gardens bursting with flowers any season you choose...winter, spring, summer and Autumn...some of the most exquisite blooms...stand alone.
There are gardens bursting with flowers any season you choose...winter, spring, summer and Autumn...some of the most exquisite blooms...stand alone.
In the distance you can see a White Egret grooming its' feathers.
In the distance you can see a White Egret grooming its' feathers.
Which way to the waterfall? They also provide maps which point out the pathways to favorite spots.
Which way to the waterfall? They also provide maps which point out the pathways to favorite spots.
The views provided through-out the grounds have been cultivated since the 1800's, such maturity and yet such vigorous life!
The views provided through-out the grounds have been cultivated since the 1800's, such maturity and yet such vigorous life!
The fountains and water features should be a separate article...Brides flock to this area to be photographed with their wedding parties!
The fountains and water features should be a separate article...Brides flock to this area to be photographed with their wedding parties!

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dali48 4 years ago from Germany

Thank you Deborah-Lynn, for your beautiful Hub about the Arboretum of Los Angeles - it remembers me of the Botanical Garden in Tübingen during my studies in the 70s - and the peacocks near Lake Morp where I usually biked between 1983 and 2010...


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beijing driver 5 years ago from Beijing, China

Hi,I am very excited and read your articles.that really amazing !

I would like to learn from you and write some stories about my city and the Great Wall of China.I have shot about 1000 photoes for my next hub .

Please take a moment waiting for.


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MarkMAllen15 5 years ago

Great information.


Gifts to India 6 years ago

The pictures of Peacock are great and I simply love the Peacock dance very much.This happens only in the rainy season.


Artoflegendindia 6 years ago

Nice hub. your hub is informative.i like your hub.


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Deborah-Lynn 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you all for your Comments and Fan Mail, I am planning the second Search for Adventures in Ultimate Pleasures to be found in Los Angeles!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Wow! This is one of the best Hubs I have ever come across! The pictures are totally awesome! I never saw so much wildlife in one place before! This is worth 10 hubs! Bravo! : )


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apricot 7 years ago from Italy

Wow!! Superb pics!! I can see how photos really make a difference to a hub - I shall start trying to put in more in my hubs!!

We kept peacocks when I was little - I could tell you a few stories about the male - he wrecked a few bumpers of cars parked in our driveway because he used to fight with his reflection! In the end we put a mirror in the drive to deter him and he would spend all day admiring himself! Worse than a woman!

We also had white peacocks but I remember the classical peacock being more of a character.

Loved this hub!!


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Godslittlechild 7 years ago

I was born in Pacoima and we moved to Tennessee where my parents were born and raised in 1970. I don't know if this was there then or not. I don't remember going there. It's really beautiful though!


zampano 7 years ago

Very rich document.

Thank you for the pleasure of watching and reading your article.

And I promise I'll never eat peacock no more.

hehehe


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thrillophilia 7 years ago from Bangalore

hi,

Nice article. You have explained so many adventure sports in Los Angeles, that i really wish to visit the country for once to experience all of them. You have also used very good photographs which are creating my interests more.

I have experienced many of these sports in India and here also these sports are making their space among the adventure sports lovers. I have also published one hub on the same. I hope you will like that.


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I love photography myself. Keep it up!


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you Pachuca, I hope you make it soon, the winters are beautiful and the spring is breathtaking, but the is something about the autumn that bring all the different sceneries together...


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retellect 7 years ago from United Kingdom

What great pictures! I love them cream orchids.......wanna see more!! :)


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Carol the Writer 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Beautiful photographs. Great hub. - Carol


ralwus 7 years ago

Wonderful photography dear. Really. Wish I were there. Now if that picture is really you, you would be one of my ultimate pleasures. If it isn't, you still might be. ;)


Pachuca213 7 years ago

how lovely this was...having grown up in Los Angeles I am surprised I never visited. But I will have to now that you made it to tempting to pass up! thanks!


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Wow, Veronica, I am so pleased that you took your little ones through my Hub, that is such a compliment! I will be sure to give you a heads up when the next trip is on!

Thanks, Deborah-Lynn :)


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Thanks for taking us on this adventure with you. Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I'm looking forward to our next field trip. Even my toddlers loved the great blue heron.

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