WAVES OF A RATTLING SEA
Locals call it "rattle grass." It is true to its name in sight and sound.
It is the time of season when the "rattlers" mature, catch the breeze coming off the coast and create a symphony.The rattles are vaguely reminiscent of a rattle snakes rattle. Those other rattlers are not uncommon in this area.
It will grow to chest height. The sound it makes is a crisp rattle click.
The Chumash Tribe that inhabited this area milled the seeds of grasses into a food.
You will also spot other vegetation cohabiting with the grasses that seem to rule the upper bluffs.
Other variety of grass also flourish and provide their brand of beauty.
The stubborn thistle provides a bright spot in the golden brown.
The grasses posses an elegance.
GRASS COMING TO CUBA
I read with amusement the Cuban government has given preliminary approval to foreign developers to construct golf courses. 50 years ago, when Fidel Castro took power he got rid of golf courses, calling them the epitome of bourgeois excess.
When I was in Cuba, noticing the European tourists, I wondered if the government would ever come around and bring courses back. Looks like they are on the path.
In the weeks ahead I'll provide glimpses of Cuba. It is an exotic venue.
See you down the trail.