California Poppies on the Pacific Ocean — photo by author Our Daily Walk soaking in the details during our precious time outside Recently our town also shut down all parks and beaches and prohibited surfing as part of our county’s Shelter in Place directive to stop the spread of COVID-19. Where once we could walk freely, we now treasure our one daily walk outside. poppies on the pacific — photo by author The bright California poppies, our state flower, are starting to bloom in the neighborhood. palm crowns — photo by author This palm tree against a blue sky is one of my favorite iconic coastal images. Monterey Bay as viewed from Santa Cruz, CA — photo by author Monterey Bay is an ever-changing vista of water and light as storm clouds float over the open water. Surfers still line the break before they shut it down for safety. The Hook — photo by author People were still hoping to catch a few final waves and enjoy the parks and beaches before the inevitable shutdown. street sign — photo by author Surfers will not be stoked to be shut down for so long, an unprecedented event in this surf community. leaves and sky — photo by author Nature continues at her own pace. Leaves and trees still change their colors and bloom against a startling blue sky. a flowering tree — photo by author There’s not much we can do but walk, wait, and keep the hope for a better tomorrow in our hearts.