Field Trip: Spring in Berkeley

I love Spring in Berkeley. I love the cool mornings with fog that melts into sunshine around 11am. I love spying bird nests in creative spaces. I love the moody sunsets before the fog rolls back across the bay. I love all the gardens. And in this climate,

so

many things grow...

These photos are from a recent trip to the

UC Botanical Garden

, where plants are divided by region. There's a lovely herb and vegetable section, an arid cactus greenhouse, and (my favorite) the lush Japanese garden. 

There are so many acres to explore! 

Cactus textures in the greenhouse

Cactus textures in the greenhouse

Layers of sunny palm fronds

Layers of sunny palm fronds

Papyrus!

Papyrus!

Fluorescent yellow flowers on a succulent

Fluorescent yellow flowers on a succulent

Magnolia blossoms!

Magnolia blossoms!