Sunset on the South Coast

Sunset on the South Coast, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

Many times, I cannot believe that the Goddess smiled on me so sweetly back in 1985, and guided me to this beautiful, spiritually healing and nourishing place. I wish everyone could find a place like this to heal and gain health. I hope you can enjoy a bit of it with me, here, in cyberspace, with my photos and my words.

Good night all. Will check back in tomorrow.

Pampas in the Sun

Pampas in the Sun, originally uploaded by wind_dancer.

While I hate pampas grass, because it is so invasive, and so hard to kill, I couldn’t pass up this photo op. I won’t give out the name of the landowner who originally thought this was a good idea to plant this in his garden years ago here on the South Coast, but I would like to pass along a tip for travelers.

One of the ways that this invasive species gets spread up and down the coast, is that tourists stop, pick one and then attach it to their antenna, or otherwise scatter the seeds to the winds. Please don’t. I kid you not. I’ve stopped and warned many people about the results of their unthinking behavior. It is very, very difficult to eradicate. It takes over an area, crowding out our native plants, then spreads it seeds via wind or tourists, and takes over another area, until the entire coast side is nothing but pampas grass along Highway One.

Cal-Trans fights a never-ending battle with this stuff, often being forced to resort to serious chemicals in order to kill it. Don’t help it spread. It does a good enough job on its own.

Thank you, bigsurkate