The tulips opened yesterday.
Morning all: Was listening to the World Service on the way to Trader Joe's this morning and heard the tail end of a segment on Monarch butterflies along the California coast. As they were saying, the numbers are way up this year after a few years of being alarmingly low. Monarchs have a favorite spot down among the eucalyptus near the beach about 10 minutes away and they huddle in the branches in the 10s of thousands, waking up when the sun warms them up to flutter and float about. It's magical... Haven't heard much about the gray whale migration this year though I think the west coast strandings have dropped. My buddy/former whale count volunteer and I took snacks down to Coal Oil Point the other week and sat and chatted with one eye (each!) on the horizon. Didn't see anything, but the cow/calf pairs that come so close to the beach should be showing up any time..... I really do miss that gig. The Natural History Museum never did pick up the study after our lead investigator retired and Covid hit.....
Heather: I too am amazed at how the girls have grown - I still think of Mia as 11.....
Rusty: OG has good advice re copying posts just in case....
OG: Thanks for asking: Daughter is home, can now put full weight on leg but that only means she has to be more careful moving around - at least until muscles are stronger. Hope EE managed to replant that shrub (had to smile at your missed "X marks the spot" suggestion).
Unseasonably high and ghastly temperatures should give way to the ocean influence late today.. Not a minute too soon.
Annette- Those Monarch butterflies must be quite a sight. I first saw them some years ago on a TV documentary, and they've been mentioned a few times since, due of course to their wonderfully epic migration. Wish I could see them for real.
Rusty - Perhaps I should go back to putting my sweet peas in the ground, then. I used to, years ago. Put some laundry outside and got it back inside twice! Very sudden showers today, and even hail at one point. We've had a couple of early butterflies, a wasp and some more bumble bees around.
You can just see Bonnie here, muscling in on my pic of the hail bouncing off the patio outside the conservatory door.
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