Spring is the most glorious season to spend time in nature. It was disappointing to have most of the trails close down at the end of April because of Coronavirus. Now that the nature trails are open again, I can once more express my gratitude for God’s awesome creation and give myself the immunity boost that nature provides.1
Beautiful Trails – Late April Through Mid-May
There was a nice showing of Chinese Houses along the Pentachaeta trail in, Triunfo Canyon Park, late April before the trail closures. The colorful blooms usually last through May.
One tiny Silver Puff stood out among green the grasses.
An abundance of Fiesta flowers covered small areas of the Pentachaeta Trail.
Field of Owls clover
Only a few specimens of Blue Eyed Grass were found but they were delightful.
Hiking down the trail, I discovered an arrangement of Seep Monkey Flowers and Miners Lettuce in a moist stream bed.
The birds of spring were singing joyful songs. I was seeing, smelling and hearing the symphony of nature. I turned my walk into a moving meditation by syncing my breath to the rhythm and tune nature was playing.
Tiny, fairylike Whispering Bells made a delicate ground cover and added a fairytale feeling to my experience.
Further up the trail, there were plenty of Fiddlenecks in groupings but I chose to photograph this single plant, getting lost in its detail.
A golden sprinkling of California Goldfields dotted the landscape like magical fairy dust.
Poppies were spreading out, stretching across the trailhead.
I found an unusual plant that I had never seen before, Bur Clover.
Miners Lettuce is edible and used as salad greens. It’s a good source of vitamin C.
I’m pretty sure this is Nakedstem Sunray, Enceliopsis Nudicaulis. It’s also known as Naked-stemmed Daisy.
There were just some of the beauties along the Pentachaeta trail. I also visited the Wendy trail.
THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, WENDY TRAIL
The Wendy trail in Newbury Park offered some colorful and stately Lupine flowers.
Purple robe made a lovely spring blanket of flowers.
The Wendy trail is a fairly easy one to walk. My Maltese enjoyed themselves.
The colors were so pretty on this variety of Vetch. Possibly Vicia Americana.
Enhance the Functioning of Your Body’s Immune System
Keep enjoying nature and the sunshine for good immunity. The sun provides Vitamin D which is excellent for the immune system, so is Vitamin C. “Vitamin C is essential to stimulating the formation of antibodies, which help suppress an over-reactive inflammatory response. In layman’s term, vitamin C can help slow down how fast a virus reproduces and spreads.”2 Stay safe and stay healthy.
With a grateful heart, Linda
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations. – Psalm 79:13 NKJV
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