And these days, I am seeing dolphins at the gardens on a daily basis. In fact, it's also whale season, so many of the whales are headed down from Alaska to Mexico for their breeding session. On any given day in the last month, I have seen up to twenty whales within just one hour! They tend to travel in smaller pods of three to six whales. I first spot them by their water spouts, then sometimes I catch a glimpse of their beautiful, shining whale bodies sparkling in the sun. I can see their tails flip, as they emerge back underwater. Last week, one whale was inspired by a large pod of a hundred or so jumping dolphins, so he decided to mimic their behavior and breeched three times in a row ~ it was so amazing! The ocean has been teeming with wildlife like I have never seen before.
The gardens are blossoming in full bloom with papyrus plants, hummingbirds, and flowers in every color from fuschia, pink and purple, to orange, red and yellow. The pathways are lined with umbrellas of giant palm and rubber trees. It is these same trees that fill each breath with a sweet, pure, fresh, floral, and somewhat humid fragrance, so that you can breathe deeply and fill your soul with the essence of nature. The beauty and perfection of the lush gardens is so incredible that you feel as if you have truly landed in paradise. If there were anywhere on this entire planet where I would like to take my last breath (which hopefully won't be for awhile!), it would be in the Encinitas gardens where I feel so at home, at peace, and inspired by the beauty of nature's most treasured gifts.
Do you have a favorite place to go in nature that feeds your soul and inspires you?