Thursday, November 26, 2009

Queen Califia's Fall Leaves

Yesterday I visited Queen Califia's Magical Garden, a wonderful sculpture display in Escondido by artist Niki de Saint Phalle. I'd never taken the drive up to see it and was pleasantly surprised. It was a place for everyone, regardless of age, to let their imagination fly.

We settled in, spent a few hours there, having a picnic & letting the kids run around & play. The longer we were there, the more details popped out at us. It was really quite lovely! Strangely, though, I kept being drawn to these leaves on the ground - perhaps its odd to be taken by this monochromatic microcosm within the brightly colored mosaic garden, but I wasn't the only one to comment on the beauty of these leaves. I'll post some of the photos of the actual sculptures at another time - in fact, Felicia has posted about this place a few times and you can check out her lovely photos;

here, here and here.


Blogger Felicia said...

Happy Thanksgiving! The leaves and the coloring is quite nice - very autumn. And, yes, quite a contrast to the garden. This is also a good time of year to go because it can get really hot up there!

Thu Nov 26, 08:31:00 AM PST  
Blogger gogouci said...

Very simple, subtle and beautiful picture...Happy Thanksgiving!

Thu Nov 26, 09:52:00 AM PST  
Blogger gk said...

fyi: that's a valley oak, or Quercus lobata, a California native.

Fri Nov 27, 01:26:00 PM PST  

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