Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Orcutt Ranch 

Oh my, what a beautiful, hidden gem on the West side of the valley that I never knew existed until Austin's girlfriend told me about it. With my phone directions in hand, I headed out Saturday for what turned out to be a photographers dream.

Formally called Rancho Sombra del Roble
This was a vacation & retirement estate of William Orcutt-who discovered fossilized prehistoric animal bones his first year as a mgr. of the Geological, Land & Engineering Depts. for the Union Oil Co. at another ranch in Los Angeles better known as the La Brea Tar Pits.

There were too many obstructions to get the shot I wanted of the big red barn, so after finding this image on Google & asking permission,
has graciously let me use her photo {swoon} that is the back drop of many bridal photos. 

As if the barn wasn't enough to tickle me pink
I stepped out to garden where I was on sensory overload!

See for yourself...

600 year old Oak
An orange grove on one side...

...grapefruit on the other...

...and a world away in between...

My dream butterfly house!

 Interesting little fact about this...

The Native American Swastika symbol meaning "well-being & "good fortune" predates the adoption of this symbol National SocialistWorkers (Nazi) party in the 1920's, can be seen over most doors at the ranch. I was rather taken aback on seeing these as we now associate this symbol for anything BUT what the Native Americans designed it to stand for.

I will leave you with this...

"All the windows of my heart
I open to the day"
John Greenleaf Whittier

Happy(tickle your senses) snapping!


  1. What a lovely field trip! That grapefruit shot is perfect! I can almost smell the smells of walking through the citrus groves. Great snaps, Kelly! Aloha

  2. What a beautiful place Kelly! Glorious photos. I don't think I can pick a favorite they are all great!

  3. I am in love with those citrus trees! They are so beautiful. And that bright blue window is so cheery! Love that quote as well. This is such a beautiful place!

  4. Wonderful images and looks like a great field trip! Love the blue window and the quote!

  5. Such a beautiful and inspiring place! I love the shot of the single orange with the orange bokeh behind. I learned about the Native American swaztica symbol while working in a quilt of the antique quilts was covered in them....I still had a difficult time liking that quilt.

  6. Oh how fun...I love, love the orange and grapefruit shots and that luscious bokeh in that one, oh my! I had no idea that that symbol was first used by the Native Americans, so interesting!

  7. you had a wonderful adventure - love that windmill too!

  8. What a lovely little treasure you found.....simply awesome!!!
    I just love finding places like that and shooting a whole new world.
    Well done, Sis.
    Mwah! xoxoxo ♥

  9. What a wonderful spot to wander around with camera in hand! That ancient oak is gorgeous


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