San Lorenzo River finds me grieving & celebrating…

Good Morning to you Nature Appreciators,

newly planted Calif. Fuchsia already in bloom…

In my current state of mind I find myself with a heightened response to sightings of life and death in Nature. As I am religiously hand watering the 300 new plants to get them through their first summer, I find myself mourning for my friends and many others, who lost their homes in the San Lorenzo Valley fires. Their loved oasis is gone and now they face an uncertain, difficult future. I look at levee plant that is struggling for its survival and find myself grieving for the burned trees, the burned critters and displaced humans and wildlife. These feelings cycle through me, which are part of Nature’s life and death phases. I notice that I am not resisting the emotional impacts that arise, because my grieve is a celebration of life. When I feel heavy hearted about a friend’s fate or dead bird then I honor a life that will be no more. Doesn’t life deserve that respect? And at the same time doesn’t a new leaf on a heat parched bush deserve to be cheered and celebrated? Check out this heart-opening video to watch how a teacher celebrates the San Lorenzo Valley.

Saddleback Dragonfly taking a rest…

Two days ago I was at our Trestle site watering the plants from open buckets. Within minutes I was surrounded by approx. 20 dragonflies of various species and more kept coming. It felt like fairytale land was shrouding my surrounding. There were so many beautiful, different, glittering wings swirling close to me that it felt I was in an enchanted kaleidoscope. Not surprisingly I heard myself laugh with delight… Usually the dragonflies gather in a certain area, where they perform their socializing whirl minuets. These dragonflies decided to break that pattern and accompanied me on my watering track down the path. After-all how often do they come across a woman with the novel idea of portable ponds? Want to find out more about dragonflies then check out this informative blog.

Meadowhawk Dragonfly on the levee bank…

After I read this morning that the Police Chief is considering to eliminate Ranger Program I was hoping to see a Ranger to-day, forgetting that they were busy keeping people off the closed beaches…It was important to give my thanks for all the care, hard work and efforts they are doing in the Parks and Open Spaces. And let me tell you often it’s not pretty what they are addressing! After decades of seeing the familiar sight of a helpful Ranger in our Parks and Open Spaces it is inconceivable to loose them. I realize that the City is dealing with a super tight budget. Let’s hope that some solution can be worked out so that the Ranger program remains, because their presence and work is important for the safety of people and the Natural resources. The Ranger petition on NextDoor shows that people want to keep the Program.

feasting MALLARDS…

A few days ago the MALLARDS were having a wonderful time harvesting the algae that is having a wonderful time spreading across the river. The MALLARDS were spending an enormous amount of intervals with their tails and feet in the air while their beaks were gobbling up a green feast below the water surface. It surprised me that no MALLARDS were present to-day. Maybe the heat was even too much for water fowl.

algae spreading across the river…

The land birds usually hide out from the hot air and honker down in trees and bushes. The few the birds I saw had their beaks wide open. A clear sign that they were attempting to cool down. Flying around was definitely a low priority, instead they hopped from one branch to the next. I ended my river visit watching the sunset and thinking about the Tuesday Park Master Plan presentation to the City Council.
Sending you magic dragonfly greetings~ jane

sun setting behind the Cypress at the river…