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California Buckwheat, Mustard & Prickly Pear Cactus – Del Mar

I’m still stopping by the roadsides & travelling around town to enjoy all the wild flowers blooming in San Diego after our wonderful rainy season this year that ended a 10-year drought.  These photos are of the Los Penasquitos March Nature Preserve & Lagoon between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Reserve and State Beach.  I was on the hunt today for wild California Buckwheat, which is a major source of nectar for butterflies & honey bees.  The white flowers with a hint of pink clump together on top of woody stems with deep green leaves.  Really lovely.  While I was photographing the bees were buzzing!  Of course there was more wild Mustard growing there and I was surprised to find tons of Prickly Pear Cactus there, too.  Torrey Pines State Reserve is to the south and La Jolla appears in the distant landscape.  Torrey Pines State Beach is a wonderful place to drive by early in the morning and see the Inshore Dolphins surfing the glassy waves.  Really it is such magical world and I am so lucky.  


It’s not just the harbor seal pups that steal our hearts.  Adult harbor seal’s antics capture our hearts, too.  This black harbor seal has the most gorgeous set of whiskers, yawns wide & sticks her tongue out at us!  She practically flutters her eyelashes to show us how adorable she is!  


HISTORIC COAST WALK TRAIL IN LA JOLLA – Winter rains & the end of a 9 year drought has brought an explosion of Wild Mustard blooming everywhere.  Walking down Coast Walk Trail and viewing the sea through a yellow haze of tiny mustard flowers is a wonderland too magical to miss.  As soon as the hot summer sun starts baking the bluffs, the mustard will fade, but I will always carry the beauty of this time in my heart.