The incredible glowing flower above is the native California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica 'Apricot Flambeau'). I took its picture on August 6, 2011 near Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California.
Blooming at the same time along the waterfront walkway connecting Fisherman's Wharf to Cannery Row, another California native, Matilija Poppy (Ramneya coulteri). Some of these perennial tree poppies were six feet tall or more and full of these fried egg flowers.
Also along the walkway:
Naturalized fennel was all over the place and smelled herby fresh and wonderful.
Don't you love that coastline in the background? I'll show it to you in another post -- it's spectacular.
After a morning at the Wharf, my husband and I were walking along the Path of History in Monterey State Historic Park and came upon the Stevenson house, which is a boarding house where Robert Louis Stevenson lived at one time. Take a peek into the charming garden outside.
It was peaceful; there were people meditating and doing yoga in there.
The next morning we watched a brown pelican eating a fish at the Wharf. The onlookers were more amused with my daughter's reactions than with the fish! She was thrilled and grossed out at the same time...and she was loud about it. Funny!