Ordinarily I would be a bit hesitant to glorify an invasive, non-native plant like ice plant, but sometimes you just have to take a breath and enjoy what’s right in front of you. I also thought that it would be a nice way to send some flowers to all the moms out there, being so close to Mother’s Day and all.
This time of year this section along the bluff at Black Point here on Sea Ranch is in full bloom from several colors of ice plant, and some poppies as well. The colors seem unreal, almost iridescent. Ice plant is native to South Africa and has invaded the California coast from top to bottom. It displaces many native species but can also serve to stabilize embankments, although there are almost always native alternatives available for bank stabilization. It’s difficult to remove ice plant once established and sometimes you just have to marvel at its bright colors and take in its beauty.
So, an early Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there and no letters please from the California Native Plant Society. It’s Mother’s Day…deal with it!
Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 lens