I hadn't visited the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for many years until a recent paint-out there. It was wonderful to visit again. The garden is 127 acres so I was only able to check out a small part of it as I searched for something to catch my eye for my watercolor.
One area has a lake and the ornate Victorian style Queen Anne Cottage built in 1886 for Lucky Baldwin. Lucky Baldwin was a very colorful character and important businessman in Arcadia, California. He's most famous for founding the Santa Anita racetrack which is across the street from the Arboretum. I headed to the lake and cottage to look for subjects. The time to start painting was getting short so I chose a view from across the lake of the cottage peeking over the foliage. I'll be painting there again this week and will try to get to more of the grounds.
The Arboretum is home to a flock of around 200 peafowl. They are descendants of birds imported from India in the 1880s by Lucky Baldwin. They can also be found in Arcadia neighborhoods around the Arboretum. While our group had lunch at the cafe and chatted about the paintings a friendly peacock browsed. I ran across one in the parking lot admiring himself in a car's reflection as you see in my photo below. Such a beautiful and interesting location!