Sun (flowers) And Rain

It seemed as though summer had arrived here in Southern California.  The temperature was rising.  Sure signs of summer were appearing.

But then we got a day of very cold winter rain.  Not typical at all for May.

The weather has stayed fairly cool since then.  Last Saturday was a day of bird activities in Los Angeles.  A friend brought over her very large camera and we went to the Madrona Marsh five minutes from my house. It is nature preserve in the middle of my town.  When we arrived, we were told that a very rare bird from Mexico was sighted at the marsh that morning.  They said it was so blue that it looked purple. It’s name is Indigo Bunting.  We saw a blue bird, but not the rare Indigo Bunting.  We did see several groups of newborn geese.  I had only my iPhone, so I wasn’t able to get photos of the babies, but I got a couple photos of the adult geese.

I’ve continued to fill small boxes with tiny objects.  This first one is connected, but there are two separate photos of it. I buy eggs that are from humanely raised chickens. Some of the paper in the box is from the egg carton.

The next one has mini recreational objects.

I have more that I’m working on, and eventually I’ll attach each one to cardboard.

“Because we have viewed other animals through the myopic lens of our self importance, we have misperceived who and what they are. Because we have repeated our ignorance, one to the other, we have mistaken it for knowledge.”   Tom Regan, American philosopher

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Enjoy your day.







Winter Light

I live in the city of Torrance, in the Southbay area of Los Angeles.  It is very close to the ocean.  But it also has another spot for wandering and observing nature.  Right next to a large shopping mall and surrounded by residential streets on the other three sides, sits a MARSH.  It’s native habitat is maintained by volunteers.  It changes with the seasons, and because of the rain we’ve had recently, there was a fair amount of water.  The last couple days have brought cool brisk air so it was ideal for a marsh stroll.


End of day reflections.



There are many different species of birds that visit the marsh each season.


Two geese diving.


Southern California doesn’t experience four distinctly different seasons, but out in nature, the air seems more noticeable and today you could feel a momentary rush of winter while making your way through the marsh.