It is THAT time of year. The time when the jacaranda trees bloom profusely with lavender blooms that provide nectar for the monarchs as they migrate north.
was a joy because the wildlife was profuse. So were the views and the plantings as they grew!
Many, many years ago I was sitting on the rooftop reading and for some reason looked up.
Coming down the street to the side of the house was a ribbon of color. It was at about second
story height. I knew immediately what it was, as one time when I was near Ciudad de Victoria
in the mountains, I saw a similar ribbon of all kinds of butterflies. I pulled over and stopped so
I could stare in awe.
I was awed this day that the monarchs were coming down the street as well. I assumed they were
heading for the water in the reservoir in the canyon. But they were not. They were heading for
the jacaranda tree. Truly the tree was covered with monarch for quite a while. Many minutes. I did not move as I did not want them to leave or be frightened. IF only I could have had my camera to capture this, but alas, it was three stories down the steep stairs and I did not want to miss a second of
this magnificent phenomena.
I no longer have the pleasure of watching this tree bloom or waiting for the ribbon of monarchs, but the town is abloom in glorious, expansive blooming trees. From up on the ridge of the road around town, one can look down at a lovely shade of lavender. A favorite sight to see.
But, in this garden where I presently live, there are still birds and wildlife. Just not as wild and wooly as the opossum, coatamundi, skunk and feral cats that used to pass through my nature sanctuary.
While reading on the chaise a couple of days ago I heard and saw a red headed woodpecker just pecking away at the huge palm tree directly in front of the house. Wow, was it loud! Then there are doves, of course, and a red bird with a black mask on its face. I call it Zorro. THEN the piece de resistance is the number of hummingbirds that zip around while making a clicking sound. As I was on the chaise, one came within 18 inches of my face and just stayed there staring at me as I stared at it wondering what it was going to do or go next.
Here's what it was busy retrieving, the fluff from the seed of the oleanders nearby. It came many times to just get enough to carry and then it got some of the coco palm from the wall baskets nearby as well. A busy little bird!
Yes, I saw where the nest is being made. In the stand of bamboo right by the kitchen window.
The fragrance of the orange blossoms and the peach blossoms from the nearby trees along with the
antics of the birds made for a perfectly lovely afternoon. Life is good.