While in California, my friends took me for a most breathtaking walk at Fort Funston. It's a dog-friendly beach where the puppies could run wild. We brought Harrison and Clyde with a tub full of water and lots of treats. The puppies were thrilled. The trail leading down to the beach winds through cliffs and sand dunes covered in succulents. So beautiful.
Curious about the fields of succulents that were growing above the beach, I posted a photo on Instagram. A friend in Australia said that they have something similar in Australia called Pigface... giggle. I've since looked it up and this plant is known as Hottentot fig, ice plant and the infamous Pigface. It's a native of South Africa that was introduced to California in the 1900s to slow erosion along the railroad. It's terribly invasive. I was so worried about injuring it while trying to photograph it, but I guess there was no need.
The skies were filled with swallows and enormous black crows...
The puppies led me to a hawk sheltering on a branch. Nearby, sat one of those enormous crows squawking loudly. Those birds are crazy. They're nearly as big as the small beagle I was with.
I'm so glad that I got to spend some time in the ocean air, and to even get a little bit drenched during the Dungeness crab escapade. Thank you to my friends for patiently standing by while I photographed rocks and seaweed. You're the best!
Oh! And I was so pleased to wake up to a message from Melissa of Tiny Happy letting me know that her daughter loves my Her Walk Along the Lake print and that it's found a home in her new bedroom... on the other side of the world... in New Zealand.