Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lizards & Luxuriant Leaves ... Leaving Getty Villa

Los Liones Drive runs through the new Los Liones Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains, near the Getty Villa. A mural honoring the area's flora and fauna caught my eye, so we made a quick stop.
Next time we aim for Malibu, I hope there'll be time... and that we'll be equipped to enjoy a hike here.

.. Under Construction ..

Luxuriant leaves of Imperial Taro - Colocasia 'Illustris'

As part of the Getty Villa's recent renovation,
the bold square shape of a contemporary fountain anchors the landscape architecture near the cafe.

Water cascades down along segments of the textured travertine stone walls.

Detail .. Los Liones Drive mural.

Overview: Cascade stirs the surface of the fountain's black marble pool.

Temescal Canyon Association - Pacific Palisades, California - Link to... Gardens of the Getty Villa


  1. Hi Alice~~ Looks like another fabulous destination. I wish I could paint like this. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  2. I really like the choice of colours in the mural especially the rabbit one. Oh to be able to grow a Colocasia. They come as huge big "bulbs" here but its hard to get them to grow those lovely big leaves here - the season is just too short and we have to wait until the frosts are over till we can plant them somewhere wet and damp. Happy Christmas to you :)from a snowy freezing Perthshire.

  3. I love the lizards and the way they are painted. It looks so warm on these photos! Here it is chilly and snowy, but beautiful too.

    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, and thank you for your inspiring blog which I have enjoyed through the year.

  4. What a neat wall! Love that lizard! Merry Christmas Alice.

  5. Hello Alice,

    I love the gorgeous murals. I especially like the California Poppy pictured. We have murals along the freeway that runs in Scottsdale, AZ. They are beautiful and I have to work hard at paying attention to the traffic because I love to look at them as I drive by.

  6. Merry Christmas, Alice, and may you find happiness throughout the coming year. I look forward to following your interesting and knowledgeable blog!

  7. Very interesting! I love that lizard! Mrry Christmas Alice and a Healthy and Happy New Year!

  8. What a place! Thanks for all the visits to lovely gardens this year. Merry Christmas to you and yours xx

  9. Grace
    Soon we'll be engaged in the Renegade Gardeners Forum! Looking forward to the first post on January 7th!

    Dear Leaves... I have the same problem with Colocasias here in Northern CA... where nights are cool even on very hot days. I've witnessed the demise of some beautiful varieties ;(
    Snowy Perthshire sounds wonderfully picturesque & Christmasy... Happy, happy holidays to you, too!

    Thanks for the kind words... & backatcha. Your artistry is a delight to behold.

    Have loved getting to know you ... look forward to a deeper connection in the coming year ;D

    I'm due for a trip to Arizona. Would love to meet one day.
    Eyes on the road... want you to be around for many years to come ;))

    Intercontinental G,
    Thank you for stopping by, and please accept my warmest wishes for the holidays & New Year! I look forward to being transported each time I visit your blog.

    So glad to have found you on Blotanical... All best wishes to you and yours!

    Sweet Carrie, I am delighted to share garden visits with you.
    Merry Christmas!

  10. I love the Lizards!

    Merry Christmas, hope you have a wonderful holiday,

    RO xxx

  11. Alice, I love that mural...the colours in it are joyous and exciting and soothing all at the same time. Thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are relaxing today, known as 'Do Nothing Day' in my house.

  12. Alice hi there! Good to meet you...

    If you feel it is appropriate and suitable I'd like to include you in our 'Organic, Eco and Green Directory' here at The Organic Home

    Which category would be best for you?

    Warm Regards - Mark Golding