PACIFIC BEACH IN MAY – AN ARTIST’S JOURNAL BY-THE-SEA

5- May Pacific Beach area 2016 W

Sometimes it’s nice just to spend time at Mission Bay.  During the month of May walking or biking on the pathway around the bay is easy to do because only local residents are here for the most part this time of year.  The San Diego days are sunny and the weather a perfect not-too-hot, not-too-cool.  Sailboats cruise the blue bay taking advantage of sea breezes to fill their sails.  Small one-person sail boats can be rented at Santa Clara point and lots of people take advantage of being able to be a sailor if only for one day.  The houses alongside the bay enjoy views of the sailboats every day and often their landscaping reflects living by-the-sea theme.  One home has a yard landscaped with drought-resistant succulents with their thick water-filled rubbery leaves.  Lots of these succulents are in bloom now with stalks appearing of tiny star-shaped yellow or white flowers.  The entrance to one home has a very heavy wooden door with wrought iron handles and the stairs to the entry way are paved in hand-painted colorful Mexican tiles.  The house next door has sea-blue wooden shutters on the windows and the front yard is filled with sand & feathery “beach” grass.  There are two sun-bleached silvery weathered wood Adirondack chairs that have bright cushions.  An inviting place to sit with a cool drink to enjoy the view of the sailboats on the bay and perhaps a beautiful sunset, too.   Palm trees are planted along the street surrounding the bay.  Other yards are filled with bright red bougainvillea, oleander bushes with pink or white flowers & multi-colored hibiscus flowers.  The hibiscus flowers make me think of a Hawaiian dancer with a bloom tucked behind her ear.  I think that a pink & purple flower would make a wonderful addition today to put on my favorite straw hat.     

At night a magical crescent moon glimmers in the cobalt sky and the baby opossums return to my yard in the hope that I have left the cat chow bowl out.  One night a huge raccoon with only half a tail stops by and gazes at me through my screen door.  He stands up wondering if he can get inside to feast on the cat chow he knows I have.  Tonight they are out of luck because there is no cat chow for these wild animals, but I always put out water for them to have a cool drink as they travel on their way through this soft moonlit night

One day I drive through Bird Rock and the sky suddenly fills with lots of sea gulls.  I wonder where they are going so I follow them to the beach and find a lovely hidden small seaside park in Wind an’ Sea.  I was expecting to see sea gulls & pelicans feeding off shore on bait fish, but there are only gulls flying up & away from the secluded cobblestone beach far below.  Perhaps a dog or someone disturbed them.  The gulls are returning to the beach now & settling back down.  The view of the ocean here is like a seaside postcard.  A white picket fence winds along the edge of the bluff and there is a crude dirt pathway to the small hidden beach below.  Only for a moment am I tempted to try to climb down.  There is an inviting small wooden bench to sit & enjoy the postcard view.  This little hidden park has a few palm trees, some overgrown cactus & drought resistant plants that have   fuchsia pink flowers on tall stems, which are swaying in the ocean breeze.  Sometimes going to the beach means just finding a place to sit & be.

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