Jeff Smith noon, March 8
Latest Sunset of the Year
Low tides, June bugs, agaves, latest sunset of the year.
Early July's extreme low tides are for early risers only! Check out the local tidepool life without hordes of other people around. Wednesday, July 2 features a minus 1.7-foot tide at 3:39 a.m. Thursday, July 3 brings a minus 1.8-foot tide at 4:24 a.m. Wake up extra-early on the July 4 holiday to catch the minus 1.6-foot tide at 5:08 a.m. Perhaps even better, roll out of bed early enough on Saturday, July 5 to catch the minus 1.3-foot tide at 5:50 a.m.
June bugs are emerging as summer's warmth is finally upon us. The green June beetle, only one of some 300 species of scarab beetles found in Southern California, flashes a metallic green underbelly as its buzzes about erratically. The mature scarabs flying about have spent at least a year underground in larval form munching at the roots of lawns or your favorite ornamental plants.
Agaves, (a.k.a. century plants), are coming into bloom in many summer gardens this month. After a decade or more (not a century) of growth, the larger kinds of agave send up a tall, yellow-blossomed flower stalk from a base of fleshy, succulent, thorn-tipped leaves. The stalk and basal leaves die, but suckers make new plants and begin the cycle anew.
Latest sunset of the year, 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time in San Diego, occurs Friday, June 27 -- one week after the summer solstice (our longest day). From now until late July there will be little change in the time of sunset, even though the total length of daylight will steadily shorten.