Friday, November 8, 2013

Butterflies at the beach

The other day when I spent a day at the beach, I had a lot of company, in the form of Monarch Butterflies, which overwinter in the big eucalyptus trees common to this area.  Normally you don't see butterflies at the beach, but at this time of year, it's common. While I was hanging out I spotted at least 10-15 Monarchs, fluttering along the edge of the water and the sand.  It was a bit strange, but beautiful nonetheless.  They also overwinter in the hills of Central Mexico, which tells me our climate is not only Mediterranean, but also Mexican.

It's been in the high 70's every day here recently.  Not too hot, not too cold, just right. The leaves are still turning, but the only chill in the air is in the evenings, when it does drop into the 30's. But during the days, tt's endless summer, baby, with warm breezes and butterflies flitting around you as you stick your toes in the sand at the beach, or come inland to sit under a big western oak tree with a glass of wine.  Just another day in paradise, either way. Most of the time I envy people who get snow on the ground in winter.  But this fall, I feel lucky, for whatever reason.


  1. Oh what fabulous weather! Perfect. Even cold enough to really sleep well. I do wish in my climate we had more days that we could have the windows open rather than rely on HVAC. Glad you're seeing those monarchs...I've been hearing from a lot of people they have been absent.

    1. I have heard that, too...doesn't seem to be a problem here, thankfully, but I've heard the midwest has seen steep declines. Sad. : (