It was hard to pick just a few pictures from our Cadillac to Tustin bike ride yesterday. I've decided these are my favorites.
On the side of a building in Tustin we saw one of the decorative, painted quilt blocks that are becoming popular. I've never seen one done in the basket design, so I really liked that.
The rest of my favorites are nature's offerings. If you click the picture, it will take you to my photo pages where you can see the image larger, and also other shots.
First, we have the charming calico aster. I showed this last year, but these were some particularly lovely plants. It's always been Aster lateriflorum, but with the new taxonomy, I see they are changing it to Symphyotrichum lateriflorum.
Next is also a familiar friend, the monarch butterfly. If you live in the northeast U.S., this butterfly is so common I tend to overlook it. However, it is a stunning insect. It's Danaus plexippus
Finally, it was sunny, but not too hot. It was just warm enough to coax the turtles out on logs to sun themselves. This painted turtle looks very relaxed, I think! I also stopped and moved a smaller one out of the bike path. Even though motorized vehicles aren't allowed, one isn't always looking down while biking- it would be all too easy to at least injure a careless turtle. I like its scientific name... it sort of rolls off the tongue, Chrysemys picta.
Tomorrow, top commenters for August, unless something spectacular comes along.
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