Descanso Gardens (continued)

Descanso Gardens (continued)

An incredible bed of bearded irises, brighter than any rainbow, snuggled in a curve of the path that winds through the flatlands of the garden. The profusion of color ranged from deep bluish/black to ivory-yellow. Over 150 varieties of irises hold court for the garden visitor, a surprising visual treat. A number of varieties of iris are gold or silver medal winners at iris society shows.

Across the path from the irises is Descanso Lake and Bird Sanctuary. On the shores of this lake, bird watchers have spotted as many as 120 different species. The screened-in shelter on the lakeshore offered a view of both land and water birds. While enjoying the quietude of the sanctuary, I spotted a number of mallard ducks sunning themselves on shore, while others swam on the lake. Like a jetliner coming in for a landing, a white swan smoothed out its' flight pattern and landed on the lake sending ripples of water forward shore. Glints of sun reflected off wet feathers, as the swan and the mallard ducks circled the surface of the lake, content in motion. Camera in hand, motionless, I waited for the perfect moment, my window of opportunity. I snapped the shutter as they swam directly in front of my camera lens.

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