Archive | March 2014

Wilderness Gardens~

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The Holler is surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine, reserved-riparian backcountry habitat. One such nearby preserve is the 737 acre Wilderness Gardens that we visit often for hiking and picnicking.
(Please click to enlarge).
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The area was home to Luiseno Indians for thousands of years and grinding stones can be found with a careful eye. Today the preserve is located between the present day Pala and Pauma Indian Reservations.
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Settlers moved into the area in the 1800’s, and a grist mill was built in 1881.
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In the 1950’s, the publisher of the Los Angeles Daily News bought the property and filled it with flowers and gardens, including 1000 Camellia trees, his wife’s favorite flower.
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The ponds were created by damming the creek to provide irrigation for his gardens.
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The preserve has returned mostly to it’s natural state, but the ponds remain and are filled with beautiful, nesting, aquatic birds, some quite exotic.
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The first ducklings have hatched!
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Beautiful evidence of the old gardens remain.
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Soon the nesting bird’s broods will be hatching, and it is always a thrill to see the fluffy hatchlings venture out for their first pond swim. I’ll try and get you some snaps!
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Cheers to you from the always peaceful and quite Zen-like, Wilderness Gardens Preserve.

A Holler Homecoming~

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There are the flutterbyes flying. (Please click to enlarge)
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Bees buzzin, flowers bloomin.
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The Holler hummers,
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are happy we’re home!
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The drought has broken and the rain is falling.
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Hawks are courting,
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and looking for nests!

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Where ever we roam, there’s no place like home!
And cheers to you from all the Holler happy critters, including us~