Tuesday, April 5, 2011

L is for...

....Leo Carrillo Ranch.
Still messing about with pain medication and doctor's appointments, but we took an afternoon off while the weather was still gorgeous to visit the Leo Carrillo Ranch.  I know I have posted photos of this before but here are some more shots of  this beautiful place.  You can never have too many of them.  We stayed about 2 1/2 hours and were serenaded (?) by these:

There are about 40 or 50 of them and it is mating season!



This one settled himself down right beside our table and stayed quite a while.


Then came his majesty himself to survey his realm.


In the mean time, two of his lackeys had to beat the carpets in preparation for a wedding the next day. The one closest to the camera looked very much like Anthony Denozzo from N.C.I.S.  He was quite flattered when I told him!  Made a friend for life, there!


And who should we find but the white peacock keeping vigil over the feeding area.  Yes, he is real.

Here are two more beautiful shots of the ranch to justify calling this an L for Leo post, (and not 'p' for peacock -- remember I am scrambling around to catch up with the ABC WEDNESDAY  and I'm not very mobile yet).


The dark succulents in the front are a rich dark red almost mahogany -- beautiful rosettes with shiny leaves.


A beautifully shaped agave or yucca, (not sure which) turning two trash barrels into a point of beauty.

LEO CARRILLO, an American actor, played the part of Pancho, side-kick to the Cisco Kid, a TV series of the '50's.

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20 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

magnificent bird! the Cisco Kid is just a shade before my time, tho.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures and such a gorgeous bird indeed! Great post for the L Day! I do hope you're feeling much better soon! Take care!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Sandy said...

I love that bottom plant,great pic.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful choice for L.

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Vicki said...

Beautiful photos! What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Great choice for the letter ~L~.
~Vicki~

Leslie: said...

LOVE that succlent - the LINES are spectacular. And the peacocks look like they're dragging a wedding train behind them! They're huge!!

Leslie
abcw team

Paula Scott said...

What a lovely place, this Leo Carillo is! Good luck on the meds. Must be pretty frustrating...

Rosy said...

Whoa a White one at that even! Never seen a white Peacock before I wonder if its eyes are pink.

I hope you are feeling much more better now and still taking it easy as well.

AutumnLeaves said...

Thanks for saying who Leo Carillo is. I've seen and heard you speak of this beautiful spot before but I never tire of it. Who knew there were white peacocks? Not I! Hoping you truly feel much better sooner rather than later, Chris!

AutumnLeaves said...

P. S. I am aware of the Cisco Kid series in reruns from when I was little. That said, I wasn't born until '59 so I'm thinking that maybe for once, something was before my time too? LOLOL

Gattina said...

These peacocks are amazing ! I think I have never seen such long tails !
Gattina
ABC team

nonizamboni said...

Oh, I remember the Cisco Kid's sidekick! What a gorgeous home and you must know I 'love' peacocks.
Thanks for sharing your afternoon.

kaybee said...

Happy trails for you...happy memories for me! Envious that you got to see the whie peacock. Love the Yukka plant - beautiful photos, Chris!

Meryl said...

I love how you contrast the full yucca with the tails of those magnificent birds.

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful photos! Majesty looks like a painting - it's hard to believe he's about ready to open his mouth and yell 'help'. :) My kids always thought that was what the call sounded like and they wondered why nobody 'saved' those poor birds.

claude said...

Hello Chris !
Beautiful Ranch ! The peacock are really beautiful big bird. My sister in law (my Chéri's sister) has a male and a female.

√ Honest Abe said...

These are all striking photos and the yucca is especially nice.

Morning's Minion said...

Peacocks are so exotic and beautiful, but such dreadful voices--as though to keep them from being too prideful!
I hope your ordeal with pain and upsetting meds is coming to an end and you will be well soon.

Rowan said...

Lovely photos of the peacocks, they are beautiful birds but make a truly awful noise:) It looks a very nice park - I remember the Cisco Kid on TV, always used to watch it when I was young.

Martyn and Sandy said...

missing you