I was particularly invested in this challenge, because I had been to the inspiration location, the LA Arboretum, about a month ago. [Tangent: I realized while reading all about Rae's recent trip to Southern California that I did a terrible job of documenting my adventures. She did such a good job. Even as a blogger, I am really unnatural with things like that. To me, it always feels like I am coming across as your Aunt Linda foisting upon you piles of pictures from her recent singles cruise.] As I was watching the makeup artisans constructing earthen mothers out of foam latex and silk flowers, and got really excited as if I myself had planted every tree in that place myself. Shockingly, I didn't.
Truthfully, I thought I would hate the place. Although I think flowers are pretty, I have zero interest in them. My dad grew up on a farm and somehow shared this enthusiasm for horticulture with all my family except for me. [Tangent: Not only am I impatient and just disinterested, but not unlike high jumping, digging in the dirt on your hands and knees is not the most practical past time for me.] Additionally, there were birds running apeshit loose on the premises who had absolutely no regard for personal boundaries, which raises a red flag that perhaps this is not the place for Kimmie. [Tangent: I loathe 90% of birds. With wings, talons and the possible gift of speech, their capabilities as a species concern me.] The positive aspect was most of the birds were peacocks, which seem fairly non-threatening on the terrifying bird richter scale. Slowly but surely, I got used to these pretty peacocks sneaking up on me and popping out of bushes. [Tangent: This is a major step for the girl who had a panic attack when a chicken landed on her head in 6th grade.]
|clearly my niece, Ellie, shares my trepidation of the giant peacock lurking under the tree|
|not at all zoomed. This sucker was right next to me.|
|check out this creeper|
So if you happen to be in the LA area and need a break from smog and fame whores, seriously stop ito the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens...if nothing else...it will give you an excuse to sing this non-stop in context:
*I know...I know. That's a lot of Katy Perry for one post!