BIRDS TO ME ARE LIKE MIRACLES. They don’t have to have faith or believe they can fly, they know it from the instant they leave the egg. They have a bit of a learning curve to master the art of flying when they fledge, but quickly learn the art of aerodynamics with lift offs, landings & soaring. Double-Crested Cormorants also master the art of entering the sea with a smooth motion to swim deep down into the ocean for their meals. I watch them with awe as they land on the cliff, shaking off the ocean from their sea-soaked wings. Spreading out their wings to dry in sun worship. Fluffing their feathers into place “just so” with an iridescent gleam as they gaze at me with turquoise eyes set off by an orange-amber bill. I swoon. Perhaps if I believe, I can fly, too.
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.