Saturday, March 17, 2012

Walkabout

It's time for the second annual Hahamongna Walkabout, Saturday, March 31st, sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and SaveHahamongna.org. Need I tell you where the Walkabout will take place?

Find out what makes Hahamongna Watershed Park so special, why every visit there inspires me and so many others, and why I can't resist taking pictures at every step along the trail (bring your camera!). Learn from experts about the history, natural habitat and current threats to this special place, including LA County's giant sediment removal project. All that and you get to walk. About.

If you want to be an insider, you can volunteer to help. Last year's Walkabout was a huge success. I'm told this year's will be even more fun, but I find that hard to believe.

Seems I've been giving you a lot for your calendar lately. There's so much good stuff I can't post it all. Is March always this busy?

20 comments:

Bellis said...

Now THAT'S the kind of art I like. Better than a levitating rock being moved at great cost from A to B. I like the way you framed Mt. Lukens.

I've volunteered to be a tour guide this year. I'd recommend anyone not familiar with this vast natural playground to come along - the walk's not very far or fast, and you'll learn lots of fascinating information about the birds, plants and animals that call this place their home.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, I love this work, too! The picture is from my cache of a couple of years ago and the work could be by Leo Snyder.

Here's a video of last year's talk by Tim Martinez. He delighted the crowd, partly with his knowledge of the different uses of plants growing at Hahamongna, but mostly with his personality:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIWyGo_0DyQ

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, I couldn't find a video of you from last year. Thank goodness there isn't one of me.

Latino Heritage said...

Love that the image includes the sign trail for danger - three stones on top of each other. Care needs be taken. Gives another layer of meaning to the image.

Petrea Burchard said...

Does it, Roberta? I had no idea. Maybe not the best choice for inviting people to come! Well, I can promise the coyotes will keep to themselves while people walk around, and you can bet the mountain lions will, too. The biggest danger at Hahamongna is the people.

Susan Campisi said...

I like this art piece, too, and love the photo of it. Bellis, so I'm not the only one who finds the migration of that large boulder a big waste of money and energy.

Last year I attended the walkabout dog-free. This year I think I'll bring Tommy - or Louise.

Desiree said...

Glad you're not walking about today--

alex said...

nature's art.

TheChieftess said...

Sounds like fun!!! And interesting too!

Petrea Burchard said...

I believe I remember some dogs on last year's Walkabout, Susan. Either one would love it. And I agree about the rock. Not only a waste of money and energy, but an environmental travesty as well. They should all be embarrassed.

No kidding, Desiree, such lovely rain! Boz will have nothing to do with it, so I get to stay cozy.

Alex, I've seen some lovely works out there.

Chieftess, it is indeed both.

Petrea Burchard said...

Here's the giant rock:
http://framework.latimes.com/2012/02/29/lacma-rock/#/0

kulasa said...

now that is such a beautiful photo....it is my first time to visit and I am loving everything here...and you are...nice, smart and good looking too :-)

Petrea Burchard said...

Haha, thank you, kulasa! Welcome!

Latino Heritage said...

I think you're right Petrea. The danger is in our not taking care of the natural beauty in Hahamongna and elsewhere. Several friends who are visual artists wish the same money had been spent on art ed for young ones - and not so young ones.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks. Even if I were the only one who felt this way about that rock, I'd say it's a shame and an embarrassment to the artist and to LACMA. I know it came from a quarry. I probably shouldn't start on this subject!

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

The county's threat, yes. THE CITY OF PASADENA threats are even more insidious because they are so sneaky. I awoke from a nightmare to find them building their fucking soccer field, ahem Multi-use/Multi-benefit project. Keep Haha natural and wild! Why so idiotic? I just don't get it. I'm stumped (no pun intended)

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Actually, one could say that the funding this artist eats up on his projects has robbed the Lannan Foundation literary prize fund... or he must be breaking them. They haven't given out an award since 2007. I suspect it's because of City.

Petrea Burchard said...

You mean the giant rock guy? I think you mean the giant rock guy. The art in the photo is by a friend of mine who no longer lives in Pasadena but who, when he did, could never resist beautifully arranging found objects when he walked his dog in Hahamongna.

Petrea Burchard said...

I'm stumped, too, Patrizzi. They have no local support. Not one person at the City Council meeting about the soccer field expressed anything except "please don't build this." No one wants it. And they're going ahead. I find it mind-boggling and infuriating that the City would oppose the citizens in this way.

Patrizzi Intergarlictica said...

Yes, I meant the rock guy. I'm sorry your friend moved away!