|The dreaded lupine! There is a species that is native, but this one, which flowers yellow, is invasive.|
The smallest bushes could be pulled, but the big ones had to be chopped down with a brush axe. I brought home a few of the ones that had been pulled because they have huge nodules on their roots and I want to show them to my students as part of our nitrogen lessons. Hiking up and down the dunes definitely made my legs sore, but it felt so good to be out in the fresh air doing something! It's still kind of amazing to me that the weather is nice enough that I was at the beach in February. I'd never dare to step in the water, but it was warm and sunny enough to play in the sand!
|Facing west over the dunes.|
And there were so many beautiful chickens! I'm definitely a fan of the smaller breeds. If I was to start a flock, I'd go with Seabright, Old English, and Nankin. Some other ones that might be interesting are Norwegian Jaerhon, Buttercup, and Hamburg.
|Old English, crele coloring|