Amblin’ Alameda: Spring on Shoreline

Amblin’ Alameda: Spring on Shoreline

Morton Chalfy

Oh, the heady aroma of Spring on Shoreline Drive. The bushes are all in flower, the ground cover is covered with yellow blossoms and the sweet scent hangs in the air all along the drive. Busyness is left to the bees and other pollinators while beachgoers and strollers seem gentled and slowed by the fragrances. Even the ground squirrels, usually so wary and secretive, seem enchanted and content.

The air holds a chill in the shaded parts but the sunny parts are filled with warmth. Against the backdrop of the quiet-watered bay and the hills of San Francisco through the mist the blossoms could be the very definition of natural beauty. In fact, all through Alameda the floral displays are breathtaking. From one week to the next the vegetable kingdom unlocked its doors, threw open its shutters and burst forth. New green leaves and brand new blossoms fill every garden until a walk around town is a nature lover’s delight.

After a personal winter of ill health, (mine and others) of loss of friends and general sadness over their loss, the arrival of a new granddaughter and the burst of blossoms starting on the first of May my spirits as well have emerged into the light and are ready to celebrate the renewal of life. Evoe!