Monday’s Path: Hope

DSC_0094.JPGThe path ahead contains some obstacles, but with care it  is passable. The magical redwoods still stand. I had expected more damage from the aftermath of a forest fire that had blackened over 312,000 acres of the Big Sur area, but in the end, it continues to be one of California’s great natural jewels.

Soberanes Canyon Trail Reopens!

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A Lorquin’s Admiral near the mouth of the Soberanes Canyon Trail.

Soberanes Canyon Trail, shut for nearly two years after a forest fire devastated over 312,000 acres in the Big Sur area, is now open. This is one of my favorite places to hike, ford streams and be among old growth redwoods. My sister from Southern Illinois joined me in what was often parade-like as we “marched” past wildflowers and butterflies. I spotted an Lorquin’s Admiral just ten minutes into the walk. Good to be back.

On a more sober note. The person(s) responsible for the illegal campfire that triggered the blaze has never been found. Some Big Sur trails are still closed. The local economic loss has been staggering. We lost wildlife and its habitat, ancient redwoods as well as one human life taken during the recovery.

Final Mystical Resting Place…

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This is how I found the dime-sized butterfly.

Is this real? That was my first thought yesterday morning after I saw a dime-sized butterfly “asleep” on a ceramic flower inside the house. I’ve never seen a butterfly this small. It was certainly dead.

I asked for help in identifying the insect from_https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org. An expert said it was a Pieris rapae (small white) and that the size is attributable to “poor quality host plant.” So, that was the scientific explanation, not the mystical one.

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