Yesterday Devin and I went on a day trip down California's coast for my 24th birthday. We stopped at Point Pinos Lighthouse and Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, and then headed further south to Mission San Carlos Borromeo and the beach in Carmel. It was a lovely day.
I think ice plants are prettiest in January, when they glow red.
At the butterfly sanctuary there was this adorable, incredibly friendly tabby cat who became my best friend.
She just crawled right into my lap and made herself at home!
Take a second look at this picture: The pinecone looking things are actually giant clusters of wintering monarch butterflies! The backs of the wings are a much tamer hue than their vibrant orange fronts.
At Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo. Established in 1770, it's the second oldest mission in California, a relic of the state's Spanish past and the beginning of the tragic destruction of indigenous peoples. However, it's also a good locale for a birthday photo shoot to display my newly acquired thrifted items.