We were all enjoying the breeze on Treasure Island this evening!
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It’s been a long time since I last found a sand dollar on my local beach. During my walk this evening I was fortunate to find not one, but two of the small discs. I’m hoping they’re a sign of positive things to come…
Pushing Their Luck
I had a bit of a surprise when I stepped outside this morning. As predicted, the Blue Jays have been busy finding the “perfect” spots in my yard for their peanuts.
For some unfathomable reason they’ve decided to stash part of their booty in the wreath on my front door. I wouldn’t mind so much except for the way they’ve gone about making room for their nuts. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very long season…
The dead foliage in my yard told me it was time to get dirty. Peanuts are the weirdos of the legume family, after pollination the flower sends a peg down into the soil where the embryo grows into a peanut.
After a bit of rooting around I had filled a three gallon bucket with peanuts. I’ll toss out a handful every day for the birds. Knowing them, the Blue Jays will probably plant them somewhere. I guess I’ll find out next spring if they found another good spot in my yard!
Tonight’s sunset helped out with the color scheme…
Received this fitting gift from a friend. What a wonderful way to wrap up a warm, sunny day!
I may have been a touch dramatic about the chill in the air this morning (according to my good friend Alyssa). In my defense, it was only 54 degrees at 10:30am!
Thankfully, as the day progressed the sun came out and the mercury rose. By midafternoon it was in the upper 60s and the beach beckoned.
The best part of a cool day on the coast? I pretty much had the place to myself!
Nature’s Moving Picture Show
I took these photos within a 15 minute time span on my beach walk tonight. The sun put on a colorful dance with the clouds before slipping away. I do love living here!
Work of Art
This past spring I planted an American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) in my yard. This native species is a boon to wildlife; the thick shrubbery provides protection from predators, the tiny flowers are a nectar source for pollinators, and the magenta fruits are favored by birds.
This afternoon my driveway provided me with evidence of the latter. It’s such a pretty color, makes me wonder if I could use the berries as a dye.