November 30, 2007

Ampliatio and the Arbitrary Animal Preserve

The little blobs of orange in the image above (click the image to to enlarge a bit) are monarch butterflies, which winter in great number in the trees of Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz. Natural Bridges contains the only dedicated butterfly preserve in California.

In recent memory there were "bridges" at Natural Bridges, archways carved in the little promontory of mudstone rising on the south side of the lagoon where Moore Creek seeps into the Pacific. The larger of the two arches, in accordance with the long-term geology of the situation, collapsed one year in a particularly forceful storm. A single smaller bridge remains, visible as a shadowy semicircle above the waterline on the rock. The plural of "Natural Bridges" is earned by ampliatio, as discussed previously.

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