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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.  

TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE

Torrey Pines State Park - Plein Air - 11-5-2013 WATERMARKTorrey Pines State Reserve – Plein Air Sketch with Watercolor Pencils

 

TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE – Torrey Pine Trees

TORREY PINE (Pinus torreyana) – One of the rarest native pine tree only growing in the area of Torrey Pines State Reserve and on the island of Santa Rosa, off the coast of Santa Barbara.  Kumeyaay, Native Americans of San Diego, ate the pine nuts and used the pine pitch to repair cracks in pottery and used pine needles to make baskets.

THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE WAS 20 YEARS AGO.  THE NEXT BEST TIME IS NOW.       Chinese Proverb