A Bounty of Color
After years of drought in California, a string of atmospheric rivers combined with runoff of record snowfall from the mountains has a lake reappearing in a long empty lakebed. We are in a time of extremes.
Nature’s mercurial temperament brings not only risks but great rewards. The wildflowers after the historic rains have been stunning, with a wide array of flowers still blooming in abundance in late May.
We see wild irises on Mt. Tam, waves of California poppies painting orange brushstrokes across hills, seas of yellow along coastal bluffs, and patches of pinks, purples, and whites adorning city parks.
In this glorious year for wildflowers, my joy at seeing favorites like purple lupine has been taken to another level by the appearance of large patches of yellow lupine. Nature has a way of reminding us of what is good in the world, countering the constant negative news cycle blasting at us from technology.
The humble act of stepping outdoors—or simply to a window or open door--to see a flower growing through a crack in the sidewalk or hear a bird singing out of view has amazing power to restore our spirits.
Stop for a moment each day to sense what nature is offering, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is El Polin Spring-Presidio Walk, an easy trail in San Francisco’s Presidio that offers historical sites along beautiful nature trails.
This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 115): El Polin Spring-Presidio Walk
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