Things you didn’t know about SoCal: Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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It had been a couple of months since I last traveled outside of the country. I had to remind myself that returning home doesn’t mean a failure and that there are a lot of things to do here in Los Angeles. Therefore, I decided to explore around Los Angeles since there are a lot of places that people don’t know about as well. Recently I took my mom to Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, CA.  A 127 acres beauty that has various of plants, wildlife, and buildings – including a library and a cafe.

When I went up to the counter, I realized that I forgot my school ID. I was hoping that the staff would let it slide as I asked for two tickets through my cell phone (I typed a note to communicate) and fortunately, they did! It costs $9 for adults and $6 for students with school ID. The main ground closes around 4:30pm. Visit here for more information. Each area consists various plants from different regions, such as Mexico, Asia, Australia, etc.

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There are also some other different species, such as peacocks, rabbits and lizards. What caught my attention though are the peacocks because it is rare to see them.

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They’re accustomed to having people around, so sometimes they will let you go closer without feeling threatened. In the photo above, that peacock is a male! They used their train of feathers to attract their potential mates. In the bottom picture, that’s a female (peahen) on the far left…correct me if I’m wrong though!

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You can also feed them; this girl was feeding them goldfish crackers and was giggling as they eat and fight for it. So many people were occupied by the peacocks and peahens – well, peacocks mostly due to their captivating beauty.

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I saw this little guy wandering around near a tree, as if he is waiting for somebody. Eventually, he saw two peahens (the females) nearby and spread his feather further and started shivering his beautiful feathers to attract its mate. He plunged toward one female quickly and attempted to mate. That female, however, left – unfortunately for him.

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just look at his face.

People gathered around to witness this interesting moment. I couldn’t help but laugh because another peahen was definitely not interested. However, it did looked like she was teasing him as she wandered around nearby him like she was telling him, “Nope, not today buddy” as he kept shivering his feathers and trying to plunged for the next 15 minutes. After 15 minutes passed, few people left and gave up. However, hope was still written on the peacock’s face whereas “haha, not today, buddy” was still written on her face. I did stayed longer than 15 minutes, because I wanted to continue taking photos, videos to capture this moment. I was observing a man near me, wondering if he also waited that long to capture a moment. Then, I read his lips as he shouted to the peahen, “go! He wants yoooou!” 

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attempting to plunge

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This little guy wasn’t giving up as I left. I wondered if he made it.

Overall, this botanic garden is worth the visit. This is the place where you can relax, walk and enjoy with your loved ones. It is also perfect for a date if both enjoy walking through the nature to see the landscapes and its wildlife. Perhaps you’ll witness the peacock’s exciting moment to take a chance to plunge at the female like I did 😉

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