Tarantulas! What’s their deal?
The one I photographed above is a California Black Tarantula. These relatively harmless arachnids rarely cause injury to people. Like cats, tarantulas have retractable claws on each leg. Also – they can magically regenerate lost legs.
A chimney? In the middle of nowhere? Here’s the story…
In the late 1920s, Fred Roberts began to amass significant wealth with his grocery store chain. He eventually purchased almost a 1,000 acres deep within Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains. The purpose – to build a tropical themed retirement mansion called Tropical Terrace. The mansion, situated in the picturesque Solstice Canyon, sported waterfalls, springs and lush vegetation. And most amazingly – mountain lions, red-tailed hawks, giraffes and camels. The home was lost in a fire, but the brick and stone aspects remain standing.
Santa Monica Mountains – An Amazing Place
The hidden forest is located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Traversing Los Angeles County, this huge mountain range welcomes visitors with its Southern Californian Mediterranean climate. Native American’s lived in the mountains for over 10,000 years, and now explorers can enjoy over 500 miles of trails.
PS – Here are some photos I took of the Malibu coast. 🙂