In early summer the prolific manzanita trees shed their deep red skin in delightful geometric patterns. Underneath is a bright green that will turn red again in the hot summer sun.
Right in sync with the yearlong retreat theme this month, onion plants are a reminder of Life’s sense of play!
And look at what there is when you zoom in closely to that big fluffy, white ball at the top of the onion plant — an entire world of exquisite, tiny flowers, harboring seeds for more onions. Life!
Nature’s origami. Each night wild datura blossoms pinwheel and close up.
At first light the pinwheel opens to reveal the most delicate, soft, white flowers – ready for pollination!
If poison oak were a cash crop, we would be rich folks indeed. It abounds on the Monastery grounds, and at this time of year one needs to be forewarned not to touch the beautiful, pink bush.