How I have never made it to the headlands of More Mesa until just last weekend I don't know. Leave it to my husband from New York City to introduce me to my own backyard! It was a rare day with a tiny drizzle and then suddenly there was a clearing so we headed down the path that leads directly to a spectacular seaside trail along the very edge of the bluff which tumbles dramatically to the beach. There were many luxuriant green grasses and wild flowers, most notably a hillside of bright yellow Coast Sunflowers; Encelia californica in full bloom and glory, lighting this grey day.
A new pair of binoculars inspired a winter outing to the "Bird Forest," so nicknamed by my granddaughter Amelia. Known to most as "The Ramble," in New York's Central Park, the area is a 36-acre forest located on the Atlantic Flyway - the bi-annual bird migration path. Over 230 species have been spotted here in passing, while 40 are year-round tenants. I love the winter months when you get to see the beautiful architecture of the trees, their trunks and branches fully exposed - and it's so much easier to spot birds! The cardinals are particularly enchanting given we don't see them in California. This wild forest garden is a welcome delight in the middle of this cacophonous city.