This little gem, the Rancho Santa Anna Botanical Gardens, were hiding right across the street from Pomona College for two years before I explored them. Though I didn't get to see the resident hawk, I did get to play around with some macro photography, which I don't often get to do. I found a really old Nikon macro lens from my 35mm film days and it worked fine with my digital now. Among my discoveries that day were a tree with a purple, extremely smooth bark, pinecones the size of my head,...
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