seed miracles…

Profuse Seed Greetings to all Nature Lovers,

glorious Calif. Fuchsia…

Plant seeds are one of Nature’s miracles that herald life’s determined resolve to show up to live. The Estuary Project sites along the San Lorenzo River banks are fertile grounds to witness these miracles. Ever since the seeds have been kissed by the first rain drops they have reciprocated the gift with their breath taking growth. You’ll find me performing my annual eggshell dance, looking for the native plant seedlings while not stepping on them. These searches include a fair amount of bafflement: Why are only a few Poppy seedlings sprouting from the thousands of Poppy seeds? On the other petal the minute ballerina seeds from the Calif. Fuchsia obviously took a different approach to the “Rise and Shine’ call. Their plumules (plant embryos) were definitely keen to answer the message. There is an abundance of new plants coming up everywhere.These seed miracles appear in my life, often outfitted with different shapes, colors and textures. They weave themselves self into my life web, which in return connects me back into the web of Nature. Wasn’t my grandfather planting a ‘Nature awe’ seed in me, when he made me stop and admire majestic trees with him? Sure, I rolled my 10-year-old eyes ~ not knowing that the seed had lodged itself into my soul, just waiting for the right time to sprout into a passion. And how was I to know that simple act of introducing a restoration tool to a houseless man was the seed of opening up his confidence? Just like Nature spreads her seeds so do our actions and words. May our seeds unfurl into into gracious, blooming beauties.

Opa’s majestic tree admirations planted the seed for my passion …googled image

I am eager to let you know that your kind donations for the BEST efforts seeded a cherished blossom, symbolizing your caring support of their riparian environment restoration every Sunday. You made them feel acknowledged and respected, which means a lot to the houseless campers. I send you my grateful THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart in the name of the BEST, who match your awesomeness mighty fine! Should any of you want to plant a BEST seed then this link will sprout your donation seedling by clicking on “Other Programs” and adding a note during checkout that funds are for the BEST : https://friendsofparksandrec.org/donate-to-fopar/

The BEST was thrilled to welcome Dr. Tiffany Wise-West as a Sunday BEST member…
The GREAT BLUE HERON & RED-tailed HAWK are the BEST mascots…design & artwork by David Cacho

I was visiting David, the artistic creator and designer of the BEST mascots. By chance I turned towards the river and saw a GREAT BLUE HERON starring right at his tent. Did the mascot want to take an other look at its portray? On Sunday a MALLARD couple watched the BEST work as they rested on a tree branch by the waterline. I am glad that Mitch allowed me to see the MALLARDS scene with his eyes by pointing out that the lighting and the setting created a great visual.

Last Wednesday the Estuary Project hosted the Kirby’s ‘Community Involvement Day’ event for 9 students and their 2 wonderful, warmhearted chaperones. It was thrilling to watch the students take fearlessly to tasks they had never done before, work together until all jobs were finished, enjoy what they were doing while sharing time with friends. You can watch us spread beautiful gratitude seeds that will make your heart sing...https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PsGKpZooR0FEGQJThuUi7-mDCLIHtiB1/view
 Estuary Project-Gratitude.MOV

Big Thanks to the 9 amazing Kirby School students volunteering for the Estuary Project…

You might like to join the Estuary Project workday on Saturday, the 20th from 9am – 11am at the Laurel St. bridge levee path, upstream from Mike Fox Skate Park. It would be great to meet you and enjoy the river together.
Sending you cheers from the sprouting river joys ~ jane

MALLARD couple that caught Mitch’s eye…

sharing river beauty, caring and vision…

Good Morning Dear Nature Comrades,

Nature’s beauty offering: Elderberries

Don’t you just love it when Nature stops you in your tracks because you can’t help but admire her beauty creations? The world around you floats away, your worries quit their mindless blabbering, your schedule crawls to rest on a cloud and the only the present moment exists: allowing Nature to touch your soul with her opus and marvel how she came up with that design…Her pillowy Elderberries had that effect on me, swaying in the breeze, jeweled glitters in morning sun. The snuggled together berries are a welcome omen of fall harvest for migratory and local birds. I share my sparkle bonanza delight with the Warblers, Mockingbirds, Towhees, Waxwings, American Goldfinches ~ although Nature’s beauty nourishes us differently: they enjoy eating it and I feed visually on it.

little Flounder…

The City had opened up the San Lorenzo River mouth, which unfortunately drained quicker than planned. When that happens the City biologists check the drained section for stranded fish that got stuck in the sand. Seeing 2 biologists with their buckets and nets walking slowly underneath the Trestle bridge, I knew what they were doing and my curiosity unleashed itself.
I just had to find out what fish they had saved any plus I love asking them endless questions. So I tagged along, watching them work while they patiently responded to my inquisitiveness. Their fish sleuthing saved a juv. STICKLEBACK, who is related to the pipefish and seahorses. The little fish was not happy to end up in the bucket and then calmed down. Maybe it could sense that it would be released back to its brackish water home. It was very interesting to see Randy scoop up a tiny sand mount, put it in the bucket and discover that it was actually a very small flounder. A petite rock crab was starring at us with a peeved expression, clearly indicating to stay away because it could take care of itself, which was seconded by the biologists. The rock crab will dig into the sand and wait for the next high tide to relocate itself. The drained riverbed had some fascinating, exquisite sand formations that I got lost in a dream world…

tiny Stickleback…

Without a doubt the weekly BEST‘s Sunday achievements have resulted in impressive restoration progress. Kevin’s video shores up my boast by showing us in action. You’ll get a glimpse of why I feel privileged to work side by side with a remarkable group of houseless people, who are the BEST. Every Sunday they show up, ready to work focused, thoughtfully, caring on helping the San Lorenzo River environment heal itself. Of course there is more that makes the BEST special, i.e. their pleased response to vegetation re-growth, being awed by finding a Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillar, being proud of freeing a tree from chocking vines, learning to identify bird species, recognizing how their work connects them to Nature’s ‘Thank You’.

BEST mascot: GREAT BLUE HERON

After all hadn’t Nature confirmed the BEST mascot choices by placing the GREAT BLUE HERON and the juv. RED-tailed HAWK above them during their discussion and work?

BEST mascot: juv. RED-tailed HAWK…

As you can tell: I am mighty proud of the BEST and I believe wholeheartedly that they deserve a future. So I wonder if you like to share this vision with a kind donation so that the BEST can keep doing their best. Your support is gratefully accepted by https://friendsofparksandrec.org/donate-to-fopar/. Friends of Park Recreation asks you to please click on “Other Programs” and then add a note during checkout that funds are for support of the BEST. Greetings from the river critters and fauna, who thank you for caring via https://youtu.be/GAHKOvyhQhg~ jane