I do miss Chile: the grungy bayside splendor of Valparaíso, the other-planetliness of the North, and the endless blue lakes of the South. I do desperately hope to go back someday. Nonetheless, I am often reminded that I am also content in my current California home, uneventful as it may be in comparison.
Davis has wide tree-lined streets, and it’s peaceful enough that I feel safe walking around the neighborhood at night. The town is surrounded by straight country roads and agricultural fields. As an added bonus, a ten-minute drive out of town, there are handsome wetlands. In particular, I enjoy the Vic Fazio Yolo Wildlife Area, which is open to auto tours and walking explorations. During the wet months, there are mirror-shine pools and bristly reeds, interspersed with foraging waterbirds. Once summer comes, the pools are replaced by rich grooved dirt and aggressively blooming sunflowers.
I always forget how close by the wetlands are, but now and then I remember long enough to make an expedition. When I do, I spend a few hours wandering around, and depart with a fresh sense of tranquility. This was the case a few weeks ago, when I spent a Sunday afternoon there, galloping intently around with my camera. Here are my four favorite photos from the walk, followed by a slideshow of even more wetlands photos.
(Alternately, click through and view the photoset on Flickr.)