Yesterday, our bike ride along the beach was a splash of color.
Matilija poppies are my absolute favorite flower.
I love these "fried egg" flowers with tissue paper leaves.
I do not have any planted in my yard nor do my neighbors.
It just isn't hot enough.
This spring we are having more heat than usual and one sole Matilija poppy plant thrives at the entrance to the state beach.
Color abounds along the bike trail.
Much of the bike trail hugs the shoreline
and The Point is always crowded with surfers competing for waves.
Our turn around spot is usually the estuary.
Riding back south, the sun is behind us and the colors are more vibrant in photos.
From The Point, we can see back to our little beach community -
the short stretch of beach that we call home.
Just as the Matilija poppies stand sentinel at the entrance to the state beach,
this colorful little house sits at the entrance to our beach community.
A little bit of exercise, spectacular views and the smell of the ocean -
all combine to remove any stress I might be feeling.
Another day in paradise!