On Saturday I went exploring and ended up in some wetlands in Oxnard, California, where I saw these amazing jewel-like plants. If you click on the pictures, you can get a closer view. Part of the plant looks like ornaments made of glass beads. It felt like that, too, hard and smooth as glass against my fingertip, and yet clearly a living, growing thing. It also had white flowers.
I found another sparkling patch of what I suppose is a more mature version of the same thing. If you click the picture to enlarge, you can see that the entire plant looks like it has been sprinkled with diamond dust. It isn’t sand. The plant was growing in the dirt, and I touched it and the sparkles were clearly attached. I haven’t yet found out what this plant is called, but wanted to share these pictures of these living jewels.
I saw them at the wetlands at what is apparently called Ormond Beach. As soon as I got near the marsh, a Great Blue Heron flew back and forth over me. I also saw kingfishers swooping down and plucking food from the water. Also people flying kites and fishing.
There is also an abandoned factory right next to the wetlands and beach. Apparently it is an old metal recycling plant that dumped its waste into the wetlands and ocean until the environmental regulations were changed, and then until lawsuits shut it down. It seems there is a movement to restore the wetlands and make the area into a nicer park.
Then I went to Port Hueneme and walked a path along the port to the lighthouse. I also visited friends in Woodland Hills and did a lot of shopping.