We went to the L.A. County Arboretum with an old friend the day after the solstice. It was a lovely second day of winter. The trees are still full of bright leaves, even though it's December. The fall color seems to be lasting longer this year, but who knows. I find that our memory of weather and seasons is pretty vague.
These ginkgo trees are such a bright yellow I faint a little every time I see one. This one had long triangular leaves, different from the usual kind we see in the neighborhood.
The pond where they filmed the Tarzan movies was shrouded in fall leaves too. It was murky and mysterious on the banks, and sunny out on the water. I love the light this time of year.
The beautiful Queen Anne Cottage that they used for Fantasy Island is under repairs so we weren't able to get near it. I didn't take any pictures because it was covered with scaffolding and tarps. It will be bright and shiny when they get done. We spent some time sitting on benches contemplating the day. I want to get back there sometime soon.
We went to see the Hobbit on Christmas Eve. Very fun movie, but where did all that extra plot, the epic battle scenes and special effects come from? Hmm? The book had a childish charm that the the movie ignores, but I enjoyed it a lot anyway. This is Tolkien's illustration of Rivendell. It's nice to see his original vision.
I'm wishing you all a Happy New Year. I hope it brings you what you love and not too much of things that aren't good for you.