Saturday, May 28, 2005

Mating Rituals

A beautiful peacock shakes his tail feathers as he fans out and makes annoying "meowing" sounds.

All around the Rancho de Los Kiotes (as Leo Carrilo named his ranch), the sounds of peacocks calling to hens can be heard. This peahen was not very impressed by the display.

Oh Pancho!

This view is looking from the entry arch of the hacienda of Leo Carrilo's ranch in Carlsbad, California.

The interior is a colorful splash of bright red bougenvillas, cactus blooms and fuchsias.

As young kids, my brother and I loved the Saturday morning TV show called "The Cisco Kid." The original owner of this ranch played the part of Cicsco's loyal sidekick, Pancho. The television series was very popular in the 1950's and even many years later was seen on Saturday reruns. I guess he was already dead before we even saw the shows because he passed away in 1961. He bought the land and built this ranch in the late 1930s and it was not only a place to entertain his Hollywood friends, but also a bonified "working ranch" with cattle and horses.

It's now a historic park and is being restored to it's former condition.