You may not know this but I am a critter junkie. OK, well maybe that's not a big surprise. It's pretty obvious how much I love dogs and cats, but I have huge admiration and respect for just about every member of the animal kingdom (with the exception of flies. I really hate flies). I can't think of any better way to spend a day than to go exploring into the wilderness to look for life in its natural habitat. When I lived in NJ, I would go to lakes and rivers and flip over every rock I could get my hands on to look for salamanders. If I came across a frog, forget it. I was over the moon! When I lived in Phoenix, I'd go hiking in the spring and become ecstatic when I'd find a family of chuckwallas lounging in the sun and munching on dried leaves. I was in heaven when I'd come home at night to see geckos stuck to the walls outside my house, or go out to the back yard during the day and see lizards racing up the fence or hummingbirds hovering in mid-air while looking at me straight in the eye. It's all so amazing to me!
Now that I live in California, there's a whole new list of local fauna I get to see. Cambria has incredible tidepools all over its beaches that are filled with critters. If you go at the right time of year, you'll also see hundreds of beached elephant seals. Seriously mindblowing! And now that spring has sprung, I am starting to see my very own backyard come to life. I bought a variety of those flowering plants that come in 6 packs like I do every year. And just like I also do every year, I don't get around to actually planting them until weeks later when they are about to take their final breath. I was trying to resuscitate them by watering the begeezus out of them the other day when all of a sudden there were these little snails crawling all over the place! I knew we had snails here because I see their slime trails on the sidewalk and see shells stuck to the walls of my house of the ones that didn't make it back to a damp place before the sun came out, but I never saw them alive and crawling around in broad daylight. They were so stinkin' cute! Many people would have freaked out because they were super slimy and/or they were going to eat their plants, but I don't care. I was happy to have them! I ran for my phone so I could take pictures!
Don't you just love them? They are going to be the subject of my next art project!