Friday, December 30, 2011

Huntington Gardens

Which is nowhere near Huntington Beach.  When Theresa was giving me driving directions, I was a little confused at first.  It's named after Henry Huntington.
We've lived here in Los Angeles for almost 8 years now, but had never been up to visit.  Having family come to town makes you a lot more active and you get to see lots of new stuff too.

Another beautiful day in California.  Amazing to see some of these flowers at the end of December.

Yes there are lots of gardens here, but we started in the library and museum.  

An original Gutenberg Bible from the 1450s.

Amy impressed us with her recitation in Old English the first paragraph of the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.

Lots of historical items too.

A budding photographer.

A giant book called "Birds of America" by John Audubon.

There was also an Aerospace museum.  Northrop Grumman made the list a few times.

Off to the gardens.  Sadly some of the trees were damaged by the high winds that swept through Pasadena in November.  

Some Christmas Holly.

There was a beautiful rose garden, but unfortunately only a few of the plants were blooming.  Guess we'll have to come back here in the spring when everything is in bloom.  I bet the smell will be amazing.

This rose was interesting.  I think it was called a Peppermint Swirl Rose.  Very cool.

This Clementine tree had so much fruit on it, but there were signs saying to keep out of the area, so we couldn't try any.

There is also a great art gallery there.  Everyone else was a little tired and wanted to sit down, but I wanted to explore it, mostly to see this.  Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy.

Why you ask?  I remember it from my childhood when I watched Muppet Babies.

Also seen in this clip from youtube.

And if you're ever at Disneyland or Disney World and go ride MuppetVision 3D, you can look up in the pre-show area and find this.

 I wasn't the only one taking photos here.  As you saw, Abby had the camera as well.  I'm not sure these are all hers, but they all came from that camera.

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