Old Zoo Sycamore
© Marian Fortunati
8"x10" Oil on RayMar Panel
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My glass really IS half-full (even a bit more than half). Sometimes, though, when I think about Dad's illness and death, I lose perspective. But really I do know that I am extremely lucky. So very lucky to have enjoyed his company and guidance for so long and so very fortunate to be with a wonderful husband and kids/grandkids and friends.
Last Thursday, the San Fernando Valley Art Club had planned its monthly paint out to be at the "old zoo".
Where was that?? I told the paint out chairperson that I might not be able to make it. But on Thursday, I decided... HEY!!! What better way to get back into the joy of things than to go out with friends on a paint out??
It was fun. I must say that if you have a group that plans destinations for paint-outs near you you should really take advantage of it. These wonderful people work hard to scout out new places and to provide clear directions for all of us who get to join the group. It isn't an easy task. I sure appreciate it. (Thanks, Trish!) (Thanks, also to Jan, who does the paint out blog!!)
All through Los Angeles, the city where I was born, grew up and worked, are delightful spots to enjoy hiking and being out in the natural environment. When I was growing up and then again when I was working and raising my family, I never explored them.
My guess is that my parents took me to the "Old Zoo" when I was a child. Somehow, however, I missed the fact that the zoo where I have taken Tyler is not the zoo of my youth. The Old Zoo, still within Griffith Park but further south in the park, is filled with remnants of the "caves" where animals were housed along with great hiking trails and beautiful natural spots like this twisted sycamore stretching out over a small rock studded stream.