Leo Carillo Ranch, Part II

So, back at the ranch. . . .


The Flying LC brand can be seen throughout the property.


Part of the hacienda. The landscaping is really well done. . . .



I believe these flowers are alstroemeria, but I’ve never seen them growing outdoors, or with variegated foliage.

Orange trees thrive near the hacienda


and in the open


What we weren’t expecting to see:


A white peacock, my first.

A few seconds later, he was on the roof:


Traditional peacocks are all over the grounds. I’d never been around birds that tame and hadn’t seen them up close. One of them was showing off in a big way. . . .


He kept turning as I was shooting,


all the while making a buzzing sound with his feathers.

Finally, I saw what he looked like in the back. These feathers were moving the whole time too:


Usually peacocks are skittish and run as soon as you get close. This bird didn’t mind the camera one bit.

According to Wikipedia, The Cisco Kid was the first television program to be filmed in color. By 1955, it was the most popular TV show for kids in the U.S. The series also had the first Hispanic actors; Desi Arnaz would come along a year later.

Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .


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13 Responses to Leo Carillo Ranch, Part II

  1. Caroline says:

    I love that first photo. It’s so artful.
    The others are lovely too but the first is something else.

    • Thanks so much, Caroline. I had to contort my body to get this shot to avoid stepping on plants. The view on the other side was nice too, but the letters would have been backwards. 🙂

      • Caroline says:

        It was worth the effort. I just remembered the book cover of Alan Hollinhursts novel Line of Beauty. Do you know it? It’s similar. I’ve seen more than one photo by you which would be such an evocative book cover.

      • No, I haven’t seen it, but will look it up. Thank you again–it would be quite a thrill to see my photo on a book cover.

  2. The colours in this series are just beautiful!

  3. That peacock is gorgeous. And I’ve never seen a white peacock before. I wonder if that is a standard color variation (like white tigers) or if his genes are mutated in some way.

    As I understand it, it’s the males who have the beautiful plumage to attract the females. Maybe he was putting the moves on you! 🙂

    • Ha ha! They definitely do this to attract females, but I don’t remember seeing any peahens near him. I think he’s just a hambone. 🙂
      I read that white peacocks are rare in the wild–the theory being that safety in captivity makes the more colorful recessive genes emerge. A white peacock would be more visible to predators.

  4. TBM says:

    A white peacock–that’s interesting. I would love to see this place. Have a marvelous week!

  5. Dounia says:

    Gorgeous photos – I especially love the one of the orange trees with the hacienda behind them, it’s stunning! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Impressed with your ‘unusual’ pov on the cocky peacock. I have never before seen a white peacock until you included it here, Carole.

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