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Old Jan 29, 2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Thanks to saly (who mentioned the Los Angeles Arboretum in another thread), I found an interesting door to photograph today. This building was built by Lucky Baldwin in 1886 and is now called the Queen Anne Cottage. Unfortunately, there was a fence around it today - it's undergoing roof renovation, so photographing it was difficult and I didn't spend much time there. Instead, I spent time admiring some wonderful magnolia trees in bloom and wandering around a wonderful botanical garden. There are still peafowl there, but I saw far more Canadian Geese. I also saw a heron having lunch - there's fish in the pools and lakes on the property.



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Old Jan 29, 2012, 7:42 AM   #2
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Very pretty building.
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What a beautiful place. I like how you included the walk leading to the door.
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for the compliment - the walk was necessary because of the temporary fence due to the renovation. There was a small opening between two sections of fencing, big enough to get a clear shot of the building, but didn't allow me to get any closer. If it weren't for that I would have tried a couple of other angles, but really this angle worked out quite well, for this particular shot. I'd love to go back after the renovation and take a bunch of pictures at different distances and angles, just to see what what happens when I move.
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Ah, nice!!!! My home away from home. I spend hours there each week!!!

By the way, did you know that this place is famous for being haunted? Especially this house is supposed to be inhabited by ghosts of previous residents who died there. Isn't that delicious? It does have a creepy feel to it....

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Old Jan 30, 2012, 9:43 AM   #6
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I had read on the internet that it was supposed to be haunted. I also found out that Lucky built it for one of his wives, but they divorced before it was finished. It sure does look kind-of creepy in that picture, when photographed from that angle and with all those trees in front of it. On the other hand, I thought it was charming when viewed from directly across the lake.

It is somewhat difficult to get a clear view of the house from directly across the lake, lots of trees in the way. But its still a wonderful place to visit and I was impressed with how well labeled their plant collection is!
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Would love to visit and see i i can see any ghosts.
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I wonder how many people who visit are not locals. While it's an interesting place and I'll definitely return, there's so many other (flashier) places to visit in SoCal. Perhaps next time I go I'll spend the afternoon across the street - the morning photograph plants and then spend the afternoon photographing TB race horses.
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Interesting house...we have our own haunted house here in San Jose...the Winchester Mystery House!
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None here unfortunately that i know of so you are so lucky.
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