The silk floss trees are blooming all across Los Angeles!!! Opening up their enormous shaggy flowers and creating stunning canopies of PINK. Soon the flowers will form pods that will grow larger and larger until sometime in deep winter they will burst open and be devoured by wild flocks of parrots. Nothing, and I mean nothing, thrills me more than spotting a wild flock of parrots flying overhead, squawking madly, flashing green feathers.
Well, nothing that is except for puttering along through downtown last week with my windows down and sunroof open, warm air streaming in, blue sky the perfect backdrop for a sea of pink.
Finding a perfect parking spot with an hour left in the meter. I practically ran out of my car and into this shady oasis. Not for the trees, not for the breeze, or perfect temperature of air, or even the sheer fabulousness of my new discovery. Nope. None of that.
I came for … THE GOATS! Just as I swung left onto Hill, on my new route home, I happened to look up and see an entire herd. Imagine my delight!
Real, live, GOATS! Brought in to graze a steep slope in Angel's Knoll Park.
It's pretty amazing what 100 goats can do in a week's time.
I I smiled and smiled at those goats. And at the people who had come to see those industrious girls grazing away. We all smiled at each other. Everyone happy as pie to see GOATS in the middle of our city.
And even though I got a $75 parking ticket for staying 2 minutes too long, I was not put out. The goats were mesmerizing.
The thorny trunks of the silk floss trees were grand. The steel and glass surrounding the park mirrored the sky. The entire episode a testament to why I love Los Angeles.