It is hard to believe that California is so heavily populated when one tours its countryside as John and I did yesterday. Much of the area surrounding us is made up of large rolling hills and seashore. An occasional house and/or ranch buildings may dot the landscape.In this immediate locality are many state and municipal parks. We drove to Montana De Oro State Park yesterday. That park, with over 8,000 acres plus seven miles of shoreline, is one of the largest state parks in California. Our goal in going there yesterday was to explore the tide pools. It was fun hiking over the eroded marine terraces on the Bluffs Trail to get to the pools. Over time layers of sedimentary rock have arisen out of the ocean and formed this rocky shoreline.
I had hopes of snapping a picture of massive numbers of them in flight, but that was not to be. I was able to at least get a shot of a couple of them who sat still for a few seconds. Most of the time they are actively flitting around!