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Dahlias

August Wildflowers 

Amaryllis belladonna a.k.a. Naked Ladies

These lovely wildflowers are all over Santa Cruz growing in clusters beside the road!  They’re called “Naked Ladies” because they flower after their leaves have died back, leaving a naked stem.  What a lovely shade of pink!

The walk to school

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Instead of driving my daughter to school, I find it much nicer to take the shuttle bus that loops around the UCSC campus, get off at the lower campus stop and walk past the women’s center.  This leads me to a beautiful cypress grove adjacent to her school.  It’s so much calmer to start the day this way!