1 My trainer, Mary Tedesco and her son, Mikey, went with me to the Steinhardts. Neither had been there before.
2 Mikey, Jerome, and the host - Michael Steinhardt
3 Don Shadow provided these columnar gum trees. They have a lovely slender silhouette and the Steinhardts have planted a couple groves of them.
4 This stand of gum trees had not yet turn red.
5 Don Shadow bred this camel - a Bactrian, having two humps - her name is Dolly.
6 Dolly is very well-cared for - very happy and friendly.
7 This is Lucy, Dolly's dromedary friend. Lucy looks quite different, and she has but one hump. Dromedaries come from the Arabian Peninsula, while Bactrian camels originated in the steppes of central Asia.
8 These are trumpeter swans - the largest native North American bird - and just one pair of swans swimming in the ponds at the Steinhardt's farm - so very beautiful.
9 This is a capybara - Native to South America, it is the largest living rodent in the world, weighing up to 140lbs (65kg). The Steinhardts have several who munch on grass, eat grain, and seem very happy.
10 Another capybara eating its breakfast
11 This beautiful medium-sized spotted cat is a serval - native to South Saharan Africa.
12 A rare albino wallaby was very happy on this crisp autumnal day. Wallabies are members of the kangaroo family and are smaller than their cousins.
13 This is an emu, the largest bird native to Australia. This one walked regally in the same pen as the wallaby.
14 There is also a flock of pink flamingos, which are pink from carotenoid proteins in their diet of animal and plant plankton.
15 Jerome Rocherolle 'planted' these Chinese stones in one part of the garden.
16 A great pinetum, or arboretum of pine trees, is being planted on one of the high, rocky hills - this planting is all blue.
17 It looks as if this giant oak tree is growing right out of an even bigger rock!
18 This rose-like pine cone is one of Don's favorites.
19 Jerome has just planted many winter-hardy camellias at the Steinhardts.
20 Camellia - Korean Fire has large, flat, bright-red flowers with yellow stamens and blooms from March through May.
21 It's funny, but Mikey was really more interested in the trees and shrubs than with the exotic animals.
22 You may remember my blog from a couple of years ago about the Steinhardt's Japanese maple grove. It is magnificent with its red Japanese-style bridge!
23 How beautiful the bright red leaves are against the autumn sky.
24 Each and every maple is clearly identified. There are more than 400 cultivars in this grove.
25 Here I am with Zeny and Melanie, two lovely Filipino ladies who prepared lunch for us.
26 Carlos kept Francesca and Sharkey happy, while waiting for me, in the parking area.
27 Another wonderful visit to the Steinhardts