Our Newest Residents…Chickens!

The Mobile Chicken Coop
The Mobile Chicken Coop

Joining their four-legged friends in the goat pen, chickens have arrived to continue the process of eating and fertilizing LASHP. Their pen is mobile and will be shifted every few days to give them new feed and allow them to “give back” to a new area. So come check them out, they won’t be here for long.
Chickens.
Chickens.

Ramon with a gift from a hen.
Ramon with a gift from a hen.

The circus has come to town

Cirque Bezerk
Cirque Bezerk

If you have been within a half mile radius of the park in the last few days, it is likely that you have spotted a gargantuan tent in the center of the park. The reason being, Cirque Berzerk has returned for second time, this time in a tent four times as large as the one they had last and with many more performances.

The circus opens on June 18th and runs until July 5th, with seven performances a week as follows Thursday 8:30pm, Friday 7pm and 10pm, Saturday 7pm and 10pm, and Sunday 5pm and 8pm. For more information check out there website here.Cirque Berzerk

People of the Park #1

Here at Los Angeles State Historic Park, there is a constant influx of individuals, each with their own interests and stories. As a part of being a historic park, we are interested in actively searching out and preserving current histories unfolding in Los Angeles and more specifically here in the park. For the first post in this series we spoke with artist Eric Merrell, who was painting in the park when we approached him.

Eric Merrell Painting at LASHP
Eric Merrell Painting at LASHP

Eric is an artist based in Rosemead, and he prefers to work on location when starting a painting. In order to get the interplay of light, shawdows and colors correct and then his finishes his pieces in his studio. He mentioned that this was his first time visiting the park and really liked the light on the bluff just north of the park. The bluff, concurrent with an open view corridor up to Elysian Park and Solano Canyon, is a significant feature of the historic landscape that comprises and surrounds LASHP. We hope that Eric will be back and we look forward to continuing to meet new people here at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Check out Eric’s website, here, with some lovely landscapes and a set of historic Adobes, including Pio Pico’s home in Whittier, yet another of our Los Angeles Sector Historic Parks.

Gone to Seed

Arroyo Lupine
Arroyo Lupine

Lupine gone to seed
Lupine gone to seed

Well, the beautiful spring wildflowers are fading, and as you can see from the photos above, our friend the Lupine has seen the last of its colorful days for the season. Even with the browning of the long grasses and the drying of flowers, there are still bright patches of poppies to be found and acrobatic swallows swooping about above the now golden open field. With the season changing and summer on its way, keep your eye on the park for new sights at the northern end. Don’t be surprised to see a large tent and the bustling activity of curious some characters… the Cirque Berzerk is coming soon. Stay tuned for more.

Wild Mustard, A plant with a checkered past.

Non native Wild Mustard
Non native Wild Mustard
It’s a plant seemingly as ubiquitous as traffic in Los Angeles. Our urban landscape with its intermittent open space and roadside patches, comprised often only of mere handfuls of dirt, conspire to support the tenacious Wild Mustard plant. This plant is not native to California and was actually introduced by Spanish Rancheros to support the growing cattle industry. The wild mustard arrived to compensate for overgrazing of native grasslands fueled by increasing numbers of cows. No longer consumed by cattle, this invasive species has run wild in Los Angeles’ Mediterranean climate, consuming the landscape at any chance it is given.

Wild Mustard
Wild Mustard

She’s a Mom!

Our favorite hybrid Deer-Goat creature returned to the park with Farmlab’s herd. And this time she brought company.

Deer, Goat or Sheep?
Deer, Goat or Sheep?

View from an Agbin

Succulents and Skyline
Succulents and Skyline

Brightening up the Modular

Sunflowers
Sunflowers

…from the front yard.

Goats…Part II

This afternoon the Metabolic Studio aka Farmlab brought the goats back to Los Angeles State Historic Park. They are housed in a new fenced in area still in the confines of the anabolic monument at the north end of the park. Much like last time the goats will be here for a only a short period of time, so hurry down if you interested.

The goat clan
The goat clan

Goats and their offspring
Goats and their offspring

POW WOW at L.A. State Historic Park

pow wow
pow wow

The 14th annual Northern Southern Winds Pow Wow is happening this weekend at Los Angeles State Historic Park. It runs from 6:00pm to 10:00pm Friday night, 10:00am to 10:00pm Saturday, and 10:00 to 6:00pm on Sunday and all events are free to the public.

Some of the events going on include intertribal dancing, live indigenous music, and lots of native arts and crafts vendors. So come on down and check out the goings on here at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Native Craft Vendors
Native Craft Vendors

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