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It's Alive!

“April showers bring May flowers.” San Diego's climate does not usually follow that popular adage. This year at Torrey Pines State Reserve, though, it's true.

A walk of the Guy Fleming trail loop on May 13 showed the coastal maritime scrub flowers in all their glory. A literal rainbow of color draws the eye across the landscape: pink sand verbena, yellow pincushion, encilla, and golden yarrow, red monkeyflowers, orange poppies, white popcorn flowers, purple snap dragons, purple nightshade, blue-eyed grass, yellow barrel cactus, and ground pinks, to name a few. This year’s display will probably last for another month or so before the flowers start to fade away.

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Along with the floral display, the indigenous faunae are showing signs of life; on Thursday afternoon, hikers, joggers, and vehicular traffic on the park road to the Lodge at Torrey Pines were briefly halted to let a three-and-a-half-foot-long western diamondback rattlesnake cross the road. It gave everyone that witnessed it a great view of its beautiful markings as it slithered across the road.

Besides being home to lizards, rabbits, and squirrels, the reserve is renowned as a place for great bird-watching; a couple months ago, a juvenile bald eagle was seen and photographed.

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“April showers bring May flowers.” San Diego's climate does not usually follow that popular adage. This year at Torrey Pines State Reserve, though, it's true.

A walk of the Guy Fleming trail loop on May 13 showed the coastal maritime scrub flowers in all their glory. A literal rainbow of color draws the eye across the landscape: pink sand verbena, yellow pincushion, encilla, and golden yarrow, red monkeyflowers, orange poppies, white popcorn flowers, purple snap dragons, purple nightshade, blue-eyed grass, yellow barrel cactus, and ground pinks, to name a few. This year’s display will probably last for another month or so before the flowers start to fade away.

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Along with the floral display, the indigenous faunae are showing signs of life; on Thursday afternoon, hikers, joggers, and vehicular traffic on the park road to the Lodge at Torrey Pines were briefly halted to let a three-and-a-half-foot-long western diamondback rattlesnake cross the road. It gave everyone that witnessed it a great view of its beautiful markings as it slithered across the road.

Besides being home to lizards, rabbits, and squirrels, the reserve is renowned as a place for great bird-watching; a couple months ago, a juvenile bald eagle was seen and photographed.

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