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Huntington Library, San Marino, California

By: clearlakemike , 9:23 AM GMT on May 27, 2013

Enjoyed a visit to the Huntington Library whilst in Southern California recently. Amazing, beautiful library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in beautiful San Marino, California.

The Dry Garden: Matilija poppies take the stage, showgirls of Southern California slopes -- L.A. at Home

Jacaranda trees in bloom from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs...these are in front of the Huntington Library

When They Were Wild
Recapturing California's Wildflower Heritage
-- The Huntington

"California has one of the most diverse floras in the world, spread across several distinct floristic provinces—regions of plant distribution defined by shared climate, geology, and geography. Three of the state’s primary provinces are the Californian (chaparral, coastal sage scrub, oak woodland, and grassland), Vancouverian (mixed evergreen and coniferous forests), and Desert (cacti and desert scrub)." -- Huntington Library

"Among the wildflowers depicted in the exhibition are California’s largest native bloom, Romneya coulteri, commonly known as the Matilija poppy or “fried egg flower”; the wild California peony, Paeonia californica, which grows along the shaded margins of the chaparral; the lovely “fairy orchid,” Calypso bulbosa, at home in the rich, moist soil of the evergreen forests of the Coast Ranges; the Mojave aster, Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia; and many representations of the Golden State’s official flower, Eschscholzia californica, the California poppy." -- Huntington Library

Huntington Library's Conservatory

Statuary on one of the many lawns at the Huntington Library

And may I suggest for lunch before going to the Huntington Library, B-Man's Teriyaki & Burgers (above photo is not from B-Man's) in nearby Pasadena. I am sure there are much fancier places to eat nearby as well but if you are so inclined like I am, then you might enjoy the B-Man's mahi mahi sandwich on a french roll with wasabi mayonnaise like I did. I stopped there again on my way back up from Palm Springs to L.A. As the Hawaiians would say, it was "ono"!

Gorge View with a Treat (Feather3)
A Compass Plant attracted an Edith's Checkerspot butterfly, while the entire view attracted my attention :)
Gorge View with a Treat
Palms Sunset (bruindude)
Another beautiful sunset on Venice Beach.
Palms Sunset

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15. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:36 PM GMT on June 09, 2013
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14. clearlakemike
10:41 PM GMT on June 02, 2013
Sorry to hear your weekend was so-so...yesterday was a very nice day for me, "A Day of Exercise"; biking, walking, dancing...went swimming in the ocean the day before to start the weekend off to a good beginning. Today not so grand (*theoretically negotiating a potential 'divorce' is not fun...*)
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13. clearlakemike
10:34 PM GMT on June 02, 2013
I replaced the imported images with 'Medium 800' instead of the 'Original'... had put them on Original at first so if anyone wanted to save it and then zoom in, they could read the text on the exhibits more easily. But as we noticed it slowed it down p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y s-l-o-w. So in the interest of not sending your scroll finger back to the A&E and inducing G to having a nervous breakdown...

And if anyone wants to read the text they just have to fly to LAX (or Ontario, CA ONT Airport), rent a car and drive out to lovely San Marino. Just make sure you leave the library around 3pm as the traffic starts to get gawd awful on the 210 (and all the other freeways at that time of day.) LA Traffic.com Or go on a weekend if it is open then.
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12. sandiquiz
10:04 PM GMT on June 02, 2013
Don't know what you did but it scrolls so much quicker!
Hope you had good weekend.... Mine was 'so-so' :-)
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11. clearlakemike
2:31 PM GMT on June 01, 2013

Trois lapins blancs de bonne chance à vous!!! Sécurité juin heureuse !

I think it is the imported high resolution photos from Flickr that is slowing it down. I have removed them and will replace them with "For blog" lower res pics posted on WU soon. I coincidentally just noticed it too when opening my blog crashed my old HP tablet. Thanking you for bringing it to my attention. I don't want anyone to have to make more trips to the A&E!!
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10. sandiquiz
7:56 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
Hi Mike, wishing you a very happy month of June.

PS - what have you got running in the background of this blog.... it takes ages to open, and I have a quick internet connection.

If you fill it with comments, my scroll finger... and G's nerves ... will be complaining! lol
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9. clearlakemike
4:37 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Thank you, GG. I love 'em too. Glad you are enjoying the blog!
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8. GardenGrrl
4:32 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Neat. I love wildflowers. Great blog.
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7. clearlakemike
4:28 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
No, sun is out!! Very humid/hot here! No need for cat blankets, lol. Sorry to hear about the cold weather returning there...I can't imagine it as it is air conditioning weather here. Glad you have the new cat blanket!!!
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6. sandiquiz
3:29 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Is it still raining?
It is raining here, and so cold I am wearing what I wore in March, and the heating is on!
A cat on my knee is a good blanket!! Lol

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5. clearlakemike
4:29 PM GMT on May 29, 2013

We talk pretty another day...(Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris)

The Californian poppy is also known as "the fried egg poppy" lol

Yes, settling back in after a rain delay...it rained 1.25" on Sunday in just one late morning and afternoon period, more rain than this area has received in months combined during the drought this past winter.

And yes, le chien missed me...not so sure about the chats. You know how they can be :)
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4. sandiquiz
8:36 AM GMT on May 29, 2013

Are we in Anglais or French?
Love the photos of the flowers, and the stories behind them. We have big, blousey, flowers here we call the Californian poppy... now I know why :)
Have you settled back into the normal routine?
Were you missed? I mean the animals?? lol
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3. clearlakemike
7:37 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Karen, yes they are from the Huntington Library...and yes, will be providing more detail/explanations (and some more photos.) It will take me awhile but I decided to build the entry as I go and have time ("En cours de Construction" lol.) These are from the Wildflower exhibit in the American Art gallery (I think it was #1 on the map, which you should be able to get to from the link, When They Were Wild
Recapturing California's Wildflower Heritage
...but I will try and post it too here, Huntington groundsmap

The Library Art Museum and Gardens is rather large! Congratulations on your win!! Yes, quite a place! That was my first visit and was impressed too. Hope to get back there again. I also visited the Greene and Greene furniture exhibit. No photos allowed in that exhibit. The docent was very knowledgeable and I enjoyed that very much too.

This looks interesting too and is apparently on-line, Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison
and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940–1990

May 1, 2013–Dec. 31, 2013
Online Exhibition Only

I will look for the silk floss trees when I go back...I was too distracted by the Jacaranda trees in bloom and the Matilija poppies, and all the nice cars in the parking lot, lol, especially that white Bentley convertible...I would look good in that, LOL, matches my colouring...
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2. SBKaren
5:33 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Mike - are all these images from the Huntington Library? There are no explanations! Please provide please!

I bid on and won 6 tickets to the Huntington Library at a fund raiser my school had last month. We're taking the family on June 18th. I've been a few times and am always impressed!

Did you happen to notice the silk floss trees in the parking lot? They are amazing!
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1. sandiquiz
9:49 AM GMT on May 27, 2013
Je suis premier ! Je reviens!
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