Nature presents fine open-air matinee

On summer days my pals like to catch a bargain matinee, but I have an aversion to being indoors. I’d rather sit on a park bench and see what’s shaking in the natural world.

One of my favorite destinations is a grassy knoll in Forest Cove Park in Agoura Hills. The bench there is encircled by a quintet of oaks, perfectly planted to create a horseshoe of greenery and breeziness.

The view beyond the shady half-circle is of lawn, pines, palms and mountains. The way the oaks frame the view s...

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