Goats in Angel’s Knoll Park – Downtown Los Angeles

Goats in Angel's Knoll ParkEXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!


It took nerves of steel to get close enough to take the above photo and with a 50 mm lens no less. Here is the Huffington Post’s pollyanna take on what happened, but I’m not buying it for a second:

For the fourth year in a row, a herd of goats have taken up landscaping duties on Angels Knoll, the hill next to Angels Flight in downtown L.A. The herd of 130 Boer South African goats will stay until Sunday, chomping and chewing their way through the weedy hillside. The Community Redevelopment Agency first opted for the goats in 2008, saying they were more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient than pollution-producing lawnmowers. It generally takes just a few days for the goats to clear the hillside…and they even fertilize for free. A company called Environmental Land Management has shipped in herds from San Diego for the last three summers, and caretakers from the company make sure to provide water to the goats and keep an eye on them. Johnny Gonzales with Environmental Land Management explained why goats were a good brush reduction method as he watered the herd Thursday, saying they ate about 15% of their body weight each day. The goats were unleashed on the hillside, located near Broadway and 4th Street, on Thursday.

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photo copyright 2011 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: F/11, 1/400 sec., exposure index: -0.33, ISO 200, exposure mode: Aperture Priority, handheld.


7 thoughts on “Goats in Angel’s Knoll Park – Downtown Los Angeles

    • The story here is not the goats. It is that there are goats in Downtown Los Angeles. If I had used an 80-200 zoom, it would have been a photo of goats. By using a 50mm, the skyscrapers in the background are included in the frame showing the location of the goats. That is what tells the story and makes the image unique.

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  1. And a fabulous image it is! I’ve been using goats to clear 5 acres in NW Montana for a few years now and I much prefer it to hiring the farmer down the road to come in with all of his big, noisy, black smoke belching, diesel fueled equipment to do the same job over 3~5 days. The goats are so much cuter than Farmer Paul.

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    • Thanks for saying that Lezlie! It was imperative that one goat stop eating and turn to face the camera. Without that, the image wouldn’t work. What I learned that day was that goats rarely stop eating. I probably waited 45 minutes for one of them to turn around…but I’m not complaining.

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