A long time ago in a land far away

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Archaeological diggings indicate that, many millions of years ago, the Southern California deserts were more tropical than desert.

About 90 miles east of San Diego, a rather wealthy individual has created several dozen actual-size sculptures of wildlife that existed in the tropical Southern California—mastodons, wild horses, sabre tooth tigers, extremely large birds of prey….

When I embarked on a 476-mile journey through Southern California a couple of weeks ago, one of my goals was to finally go see these sculptures. They are well off the beaten track, but I think the extra time spent to go see them was well worth it.

I now have a huge picture collection of these sculptures and am only now beginning to go through them to pick out the best with which to make Photographic Art. Here’s one of them, two mastodon frolicking in the sand.


I will have a more extensive post about these sculptures a little later, probably this weekend, after I finish cataloging all the pictures. It’s really a fascinating area.

Sadly, I was the only one that day wandering around taking pictures. Considering how much families and children love the dinosaurs up on Interstate 10 (see my post here: Dinosaurs in Southern California), I bet everyone would love these, too. Unfortunately, they simply are too far off the beaten path.


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3 thoughts on “A long time ago in a land far away

      1. laurie27wsmith

        Indeed! #38. Darn, I have to nip out and get some pancake mix, the Roos got the last batch. It might sound funny but I actually have a camp site own from the house. there’s a fireplace and a couple of logs to sit on. it’s great in winter.



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