Y2 – Day 91 – Nature at Berkeley

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is Patience.”

  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ceanothus or wild California LilacNot only does Ceanothus resemble the lilacs I recall from my childhood on Long Island, they also are faintly perfumed with a similar essence; sweeter but less aromatic or strong. Native to California, Ceanothus is a shrub that once established (like all indigenous plants) needs no care.  It seemed well suited to the Bay Area judging by how prolific and healthy the bushes we encountered were.

Prunus Cerasifera or flowering plum

Spring adorns these decidious trees with light pink flowers which fall as the maroon foliage unfolds and sticks to the delicate twigs all summer long.  Here, they welcome students on either side of the path to their dorm rooms.

Italian Stone, Ponderosa and Monterrey pines, Oaks, ginkgo bilobas, eucalyptus, cedars, redwoods, palms, olive and elms abound on this UC campus.  Large, old trees are the foundation of its landscaped grounds.There is no shortage of California native squirrels to forage the many nut filled trees.Berkeley squirrels rock!

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