I usually avoid the midday sun but the fog at the mouth of the bay created such a peaceful glow on the horizon. The breeze through the eucalyptus trees was so refreshing. The tide was low and the waves lapped lightly against the rocky shore. I could’ve stayed there all day…
On a cold night in November, temperatures dipped below freezing and hundreds of monarchs fell from their places in the eucalyptus trees at Natural Bridges State Beach. Below a certain temperature, monarchs can’t move their wings. When I arrived in the grove, a saddened docent was there gathering up butterflies. He suggested we help collect them and gently breathe warm air to warm their wings. Unlike some butterflies, monarchs have relatively sturdy wings which will not be harmed by a gentle touch. Still, all we had to do was put out our hand and the monarchs readily stepped into our palms, probably attracted to the warmth. We saw many who didn’t make it and many who were able to warm back up and fly away.
November 28, 2014
Phoebe and I climbed this tree. I was wearing new knee-high boots and a new sweater dress bought with some Christmas money, so I didn’t want to get dirty but also couldn’t resist myself. No one was around and this tree just needed to be climbed.
This spot is really nice. It overlooks the beach on a hillside and there are lots of tables beneath twisted, beautiful trees.
The beach was pretty empty this morning because we arrived rather early at 9am. Phoebe and I just wanted to listen to the waves for a bit.