June 27, 2021 at 5:50 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, California wildflowers, Monterey County, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, San Luis Obispo County, Wildflowers)

My little garden

Spring comes early in Paso Robles, California. Sometimes summer comes early, too. This year, at least, summer had the decency to wait until the Summer Solstice.

There was just the oleander and a few bushes here four years ago when I moved in

Summer means 90-plus temps during the day (the coast just over the “mountains” is generally 20-30 degrees cooler). We will get streaks of 100-plus days in July or August, too. Even though we didn’t get much rain this winter (and what did fall came in one 8-inch burst) nature goes on with its business. Here are some images of Spring 2021.

Santa Margarita Lake

Santa Margarita Lake picnic area
Hwy 46 overlook of Morro Bay covered in fog


Lupine and fire-scarred oaks

Del Venturi Road recovered nicely from the backburn done in advance of the Dolan Fire, an arson-caused fire originated by an illegal marijuana grower on the Big Sur coast. This uncontrolled fire killed many of the pines and other vegetation, but the controlled backburn recovered nicely. It was necessary to do the backburn to protect the Fort Hunter Liggett cantonment, which was two miles from the wildfire. I had hoped to see an abundance of flowers, as is common after a wildfire, but the lack of well-spaced winter rain prohibited even the usual amount of flowers from blooming this year.

As the saying goes, “It could have been worse.” Another fire to the north of the Dolan Fire scar is now burning, but it seems the Willow Fire will be less of a problem. We hope. The fire season hasn’t even begun.

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  1. Jet Eliot said,

    This was such a lovely array of summer and spring, California flowers and birds and landscapes, Cindy. Loved seeing your garden, as well as the wilderness and wildlife that surrounds you. In our (Calif.) yard, the oak titmice, violet-green swallows and western bluebirds are always vying for the nest boxes, too, it gives me a smile.

  2. Rob Olson said,

    👍🏻 Awesome!

    Best wishes,

    Rob Olson Kennebunk

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      Rob – hope all is well. I don’t see you posting as many images on Facebook these days.

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