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FREE DAY at the LA County Arboretum

  • Mar 19, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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On the 3rd Tuesday of the month, there is free admission to the Arboretum in Arcadia. With spring almost here, the beautiful gardens are in bloom. On the grounds peacocks, peahens and other birds and animals roam freely. There are also birds and animals on the pond across from the beautiful Queen Anne cottage and around the grounds. Orchids and other plants bloom in the greenhouses.

There is no tram on this day. I am keeping this meetup small, since most people work during the week.

The Arboretum is easily accessible by MTA. Parking is free. The address is 301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA, 91007. It is across from Santa Anita Racetrack.

We will meet at the Gift Shop entrance at 10 am.

Here is the website for information - http://www.arboretum.org/index.php/visit/ which gives visiting information and much more about the Arboretum.

My contact information is (cp)[masked] and you can also email me at [masked]


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  • Noel R

    To my photog friends... $149 for the Nik Collection. 'Nuf said, get it while you can!
    http://www.niksoftware.com/nikcollection/usa/index.php?view=intro%2Fmain.shtml

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Chris F.

      In the Digital age you are only as good as your software and plugins... The best shooter, the best camera and lens and the best image in the world mean nothing if you dont have the means to process it correctly.. Just a sad fact of life in the digital age.

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • Chad

      Hi everyone, just in case some of you haven't purchased the Nik Collection yet, I found a coupon code that can be used to bring the price down to $126.65 (discount of $22.35): DZISER. I just used it myself, so I can vouch for its validity. Hope this helps!

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Estela

    Hi Michelle, Chad, Veronica and Noel! Just added my photos. It was great meeting all of you and hope to see you again at another meetup. :)

    2 · March 23, 2013

    • Veronica Gomez C.

      Looking forward to doing this again! Thank you for sharing your talent.

      March 23, 2013

  • Chad

    Hi everyone! I just posted my photos and left a few comments, but then started worrying that everyone would get an email for every comment, and also that I may have uploaded more than necessary for this meetup album. I'll take Noel's route and add the link to the set on flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjErA8zc

    2 · March 23, 2013

  • Noel R

    Hi Michelle, Veronica, Estela and Chad! I've posted the rest of my pics in a Flickr set. Check them out when you have time. Here's the link http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEpZs8v

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Veronica Gomez C.

    Kudos to everyone's pics! I saw nothing but talent.

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • larry a.

    It was a great event...I know the others had a great time. As for me ALONE or with a dozen people I always have FUN capturing moments. But I'm at the gardens as often as I can make it. It's always a challenge going back trying to find something a little different...most of the EYE cathchers i've shot many times. HAHA so now i'm in the MACRO world and starting over : )

    1 · March 19, 2013

    • Michelle

      So sorry we missed you Larry. Can't wait to see your macro shots.
      ~Michelle~

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • Noel R

      Sorry we missed you Larry. Hope to see you in a future event.

      1 · March 21, 2013

  • Veronica Gomez C.

    Larry, where was that pic taken! I like it!!!

    March 19, 2013

    • larry a.

      Did you shoot the Fantasy island...BOSS the Plane..the plane!

      March 20, 2013

    • Veronica Gomez C.

      I never made it to that side of the arboretum...

      March 20, 2013

  • Galen

    Look for the wood ducks and mandarin ducks at Baldwin Lake. They're beauties to photograph. And don't forget the hummingbirds too.

    March 18, 2013

    • Chris F.

      There are a couple of Madarin Wood Ducks that are native to China.. they are easy to spot. they must have visited on migration and decided to stay

      March 18, 2013

    • Michelle

      Unfortunately, we only saw one Mandarin duck. There were some other grey ducks that I've yet to identify. Some of the geese were real characters. I'll post those photos in a bit.

      March 20, 2013

  • Veronica Gomez C.

    Had a great time. It was very nice meeting all of you, Michelle, Noel, Chad & Estela. I'm looking forward to the next meetup.

    3 · March 19, 2013

    • Veronica Gomez C.

      Wow you made a well spent day! That's awesome.

      1 · March 19, 2013

    • Michelle

      Yes, I had a great time seeing Noel again & meeting Noel, Chad, & Estela...and chatting with Larry. Thank you everyone for making it a great day. When Chad and I left, we also saw the RR Station. I didn't even realize they had one. I love tht place! It felt great to get out in the wonderful spring weather and walk. And Chad, thank you so much for the macro you took of the raptor. I can't wait to see it.

      March 20, 2013

  • Michelle

    We had a wonderful time at the Arboretum on Tuesday. It was good to see Noel again, and to meet Veronica, Chad, & Stella. I missed meeting up with Larry, since I might not have heard my cellphone when he called. :-( Still, I had a good chat with him. Will be working on & posting my photos today. Thanks everyone for making it a memorable day. It's so huge there so, it's quite difficult to see the whole Arboretum. I'm glad that Larry got some photos that we didn't get. Looking forward to seeing all the photos. ~Michelle~

    March 20, 2013

  • Noel R

    Good morning! I'm on the bench outside the gift shop.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • Mark

    Schedule forces postponing my attending. Sorry - and have a great time.

    March 19, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sorry to hear that Mark. Hope to see you at a meetup soon.
      ~Michelle~

      March 19, 2013

  • Chad

    Never been to this arboretum, and the timing seems just about right.

    March 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      Looking forward to meeting you Chad. It's beautiful there.
      ~Michelle~

      March 17, 2013

    • larry a.

      I love Descanso the waterfall and streams

      March 18, 2013

  • larry a.

    Im a member of all the gardens and Huntington library also... If anyone is free anytime during the day let me know if you care to do some shooting

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • larry a.

      So Michelle Huntington is closed on Tuesdays...let me know if you would like to go there Wed. as my guest...I am a member and you will be my guest for free. Let me know by Tue. evening

      March 18, 2013

    • larry a.

      Veronica I won't schedule Huntington Library...because most won't pay...let me know if you would like to go some day you can meet me there

      1 · March 18, 2013

  • Walt H

    Gotta cancel - have a scheduling conflict. Have fun everyone!

    March 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sorry to hear that Walt, but life has a way of moving forward. Have a great time whatever you do (unless it's work, work, work) ;-)
      ~Michelle~

      March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ack! I thought I could make it but some last minute work came up. Have fun everyone. It should be gorgeous there!

    March 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sorry to hear that Ann. Maybe, if I'm not working, I'll plan another event there. :-\
      ~Michelle~

      March 17, 2013

  • Michelle

    Okay, everyone...I apologize for the confusion. We will meet in front of the gift shop at 10:00 am, but wait for those who might be running late until 10:30 am. Yes, can you tell I'm still getting accustomed to being an organizer & doing everything correctly? ;-) See everyone on Tuesday. ~Michelle~

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Susan L.

    Want to verify...is the meet up at 10:00 am or 10:30 am?

    March 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      Let's make it 10:00 a.m. I'm coming from Hollywood on the Metro, so I'm dependent on bus schedules, etc. Then I have to walk down from Colorado Blvd. So...I may be a bit late.

      I'm sorry Susan. In changing everything several times, I forgot to change the times in both places. I'm a fairly new organizer, so I'm still learning. Thank you for letting me know about this confusion about the time.

      ~Michelle~

      March 17, 2013

  • larry a.

    Are all of you free every tuesday?

    1 · March 17, 2013

    • Michelle

      I am so far, since I'm not working. Like you said...every day is Saturday for me (until I begin working part-time) ;-)

      March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait!

    March 15, 2013

    • Michelle

      So happy you'll be able to go to the Arboretum Ann.

      March 17, 2013

  • larry a.

    Im home doing nothing so i thought it would. Be nice to come down and shoot... Meet some members

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Michelle

    Okay, I realize that many people cannot come, so if you CANNOT go, PLEASE do not have to RSVP. Otherwise, I'm going to get at least a gazzzillion email in my inbox. Thank you.

    ~Michelle~

    March 12, 2013

    • larry a.

      emails...are configured the way you want them sent. NONE or in 1 email or to all responses. You can configure it at the bottom of your email

      March 13, 2013

    • Michelle

      Thank you Larry. Can you tell I'm still a bit new at this organizing meetups?

      March 15, 2013

  • larry a.

    The beauty of the gardens is awesome...the problem is people don't know where to LOOK.

    March 12, 2013

    • Noel R

      Chris I got confused, I meant the Huntington Library :)

      March 13, 2013

    • Chris F.

      I kind of thought so.. I used to work there , spent a lot of time in the tea room

      March 13, 2013

  • ART A.

    read the date wrong -sorry cant.

    March 12, 2013

  • Michelle

    Okay, I've changed the number of people who can attend this Free Day at the Arboretum to UNLIMITED attendees. IF YOU ARE WORKING OR CAN'T GO, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO RSVP. THANK YOU. Capisce?
    ~Michelle~

    March 12, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Hey guys,, I want to see more street shooting

    1 · March 12, 2013

    • Michelle

      There were a couple of other meets that only had 4 people - to Travel Town, so I thought a small meet was okay. I'll change it. Then shouldn't the other meets be opened to a larger number of people? just curious, not being nasty or anything. I would have liked to go to the Travel Town meetup, but all the dates were closed, since the number invited was 4 people.
      ~Michelle~

      March 12, 2013

    • Chris F.

      The others meets that you are talking about are 4 or 5 small workshops set up by Larry ,,, Everyone has the opportunity to do these at different dates. The info is posted in the discussion area,, ...That they were posted is just a formality to lock in the dates and times and those attending.

      March 12, 2013

  • Rocky V.

    Michelle, i really want to go but i will be in San Diego for a very important service. Catch you next time.

    March 12, 2013

    • Michelle

      Rocky, this Free Day at the Arboretum happens every month. April 16th is the next Free day. I understand you're not being able to be there. Hugs to you.
      ~Michelle~

      March 12, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Why are only 2 spots open for this one ?

    March 12, 2013

    • Michelle

      Chris, I goofed. I changed the number of attendees. It took me a few minutes to figure it out.

      March 12, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Are you limiting this to a certain number of attendees?

      March 12, 2013

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