Where is Nature?

As a child, I grew up on the east coast, reading the Golden Guides to various natural phenomenon without any sense of geography. I spent years looking for deep multicolored sea star rich tide pools off Cape Cod when I was 3,000 miles east of the actual Pacific location.
I was so stunned as a young adult to actually find them at Half Moon Bay.
I’ve always wanted to see strands of migrating monarch butterflies–and scored yesterday, at Pismo Beach. Thirty thousand sounds like a lot, but this is a 70% decrease in twenty years due to pesticides.
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This snapshot doesn’t really work, but it is what you see from the ground–the brown leaves are butterflies. Who detach every so often and float about. The view through a telescope is stunning.
On the other hand, the migrating sea lions off Santa Cruz pier were noisy and very easy to see!
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Someone recently told me that I seemed to observe things more than most people–I don’t think this is exactly true. I am indeed always looking, but often for the wrong thing. I spent a week once in Marfa, Texas looking for javalina and found mostly Donald Judd sculptures. Saw baby javalina years later in Big Bend and burst into tears of joy at the sight of those ugly critters.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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