GOLDEN MEDALLION TREES BLOOM IN SAN DIEGO IN AUGUST – As if a florist arranged an avenue of sunny yellow “flower bouquet” trees, the trees line the streets delighting the eye. Golden Medallion trees – cassia leptophylla – are originally from Brazil, but they thrive now in San Diego. When the yellow flower petals fall off, they leave a pale green “flower” behind, which is quite lovely. The sidewalks & yards are covered with strewn flower petals floating on the summer breezes. After the trees bloom, they leave foot long brown seed pods that rattle when you pick them up! Nature is simply magic.
Meanwhile over at the sea lion colony, it’s like a “Summer Day Spa” as they lie on the sand across the beach, all that’s missing is beach umbrellas! The sea lions snooze as they sunbathe under the hot sun all the while wearing their fur coats! When they get too hot though the sea is only a few steps away to take a dip. Some of the young male sea lions practice not only cool off, but spend time practicing their sparring in the shallow waves. “The Beast” who is quite sandy and clearly exhausted is stretched out in the sun. He is apparently too tired to run down the beach and chase the young males away. Instead he raises his head up a bit, gives a half-hearted bark and then immediately goes back to sleep. It is enough for “The Beast” to even do this because the young males move away. In the “kiddie pool” the two-month old sea lion pups cavort together delightfully. A designated “baby sitter” lets out a yawn either bored or simply ready to take a nap. The sea lion pups, of course, seem to have endless energy and play and play. Occasionally a pup will break away to find his mom on the beach & have lunch! Summer with the sea lions is such a delight!