This beautiful peacock portrait was taken on Peacock Day at the Los Angeles Arboretum earlier this year. There are three types of peacocks - this is the Common Peafowl also known as the India Blue Peafowl. In 1963 it was declared the national bird of India! The overcast day provided a soft box effect which helped to bring out the vivid colors in the feathers.
If you visit Tanzania, you must visit Ngorongoro Crater, a conservation area that is home to the "big 5" (the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino). I have been there three times and each time is unlike the other. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken caldera in the world - a deep volcanic crater. The number of safari vehicles are limited each day to a certain number so it doesn't become overcrowded. My fondest memory was my last visit when it started to rain as we were heading to our exit. Before climbing the steep dirt road we stopped, turned off the engine of our Land Rover, and sat quietly as the rain fell. Tranquility.
One day just isn't enough when you visit Catalina Island. Last summer we visited the well known city of Avalon graced by the famous Avalon Bay that faces the California coast. The bay, pier, city shops, restaurants and the iconic Catalina Casino with it's red roof (right side) are easily visited in a day but you should really experience a sunset and early sunrise before leaving. We took a small bus tour of the island and the Zip Line Eco tour, just over the hills, to get a better taste of what Catalina has to offer. Peaceful.
The Los Angeles Arboretum, Arcadia, CA. The Arboretum is known for it's beautiful gardens and colorful Peacocks that grace the entrance and cafe area. It is a wonderful place to spend your time walking, listening to speakers, having a picnic lunch or taking photographs. The Meyberg Waterfall is a must see on the 127 acre grounds. I shot this Saturday morning, January 28, 2017 under blue skies and temperatures in the 70's.
St. John Vianney Catholic Church. April 16, 2011: Red Cross volunteers respond to the fire that destroyed the church by providing canteen services to the fire department during the very early hours of the morning. I post this picture in honor of Doris Beery, American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer, who was killed along with her husband, in a car accident on October 11, 2016. She was a good friend and a dedicated and long time Red Cross volunteer.