On the way to work Monday morning I was caught off guard by a small party of peacocks hurriedly crossing the road right in front of me! Yikes!
This busy thoroughfare connects to a popular freeway onramp. What were they thinking?
But traffic didn’t seem to bother them much at all! A few flapped their stubby wings and lifted off the ground in modified flight; others sauntered without a care in the world, confident they weren’t in any danger.
Should I stop and take photos? I was concerned that if I interfered in any way I might cause a panic and they’d be hurt. So I kept going, but I took it as encouragement that if parked in the office, I would still pay attention and find as many interesting and natural curiosities as I could find in my everyday travels.
I wasn’t disappointed!
Today I stepped out the door of my office to take a quick peek at the mountains. I was eager to notice the moisture collecting in the foothills–we’re expecting rain–and instead saw this gorgeous balcony of flowers.
It was noon, and time for a walk!
Closer inspection revealed a beautiful strand of hanging geraniums. How long have they been there and I hadn’t noticed?
What else have I missed?
I’ve previously spied the cactus from one of the parking lots, but I’d never walked down into this particular subterranean area. You know I like cactus, but there was so much more!
Here’s a surprise!
Do you recall my infatuation with the Cup of Gold vine I talked about last week?
Do you mean to tell me that there’s been one on our campus all this time?
The flowers aren’t quite as perky as the Santa Barbara blooms in January, but I’ll be able to very closely observe how the vine handles the seasons. Now I don’t have to have one in my own yard…I can visit this one every day if I choose.
But I’ve saved the best for last!
How did I NOT know about these little guys! I often go to a local independent nursery to watch the turtles sunbathe, and here they are!
What a gift! I know now where I’ll be having my lunch on a regular basis. And since spring is just getting underway, I can’t wait to see how the view will develop and change. Some of the turtles were obviously very young. I’m so sorry I didn’t see them when they were hatchlings but I’ll keep my eye on them.
I’ll leave you with just a few more photos for now. But…
Now the only question left for me to consider is whether or not to share this marvelous place with my coworkers. Hmmm–quiet and very private–perfect for midweek exhales and feeding my personal sense of well-being?
What do you think I’m going to do?