Kelly Stewart

Writer

Natural La Jolla

Recent Articles

  • Natural La Jolla: Winter has arrived and wildlife is all around us!

    Natural La Jolla: Winter has arrived and wildlife is all around us!

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: The blustery 2015 New Year arrived last week, bringing with it chilly winter weather from the north and rough seas. Along with making personal resolutions for the coming year, we’ll again begin the cycle of seasonal changes in our natural world. On the eve of the New Year,...

  • Natural La Jolla: Winter tidepooling is a great family activity

    Natural La Jolla: Winter tidepooling is a great family activity

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: — Tip: The lowest tide is predicted to occur at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. When I was a little girl, I lived beside the sea along a rocky coastline. Many happy hours were spent on the beach across the street from my house, examining the creatures that were living in the...

  • Natural La Jolla: Lantana’s bright flowers attract butterflies and birds

    Natural La Jolla: Lantana’s bright flowers attract butterflies and birds

    • NATURAL LA JOLLA: Growing in sunny spots in many gardens at this time of year is lantana. Sometimes called red or yellow sage, and a member of the verbena family of plants, lantana grows widely across the southern United States. The main species cultivated is Lantana camara, but there are dozens...

  • Arrival in St. Croix and first impressions

    Arrival in St. Croix and first impressions

    By Kelly Stewart It is really good to be back in the islands. Flying into St. Croix last week, my heart rate slowed as I looked forward to our busy summer fieldwork. Looking down from the plane, I could see bright red tree canopies dotting the countryside, interspersed with windmills. These bright...

  • La Jolla to St. Croix: Summer views … here … and elsewhere

    La Jolla to St. Croix: Summer views … here … and elsewhere

    By Kelly Stewart It’s June in La Jolla and sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s summer. The marine layer has been pretty persistent lately and we’ve had a lot of spring-like weather. But I don’t spend summer in La Jolla because each year I travel to St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands to work...

  • Common in Jurassic period, cycads are living fossils

    Common in Jurassic period, cycads are living fossils

    By Kelly Stewart Although it’s not a palm tree at all, the sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is a beautiful primitive plant that grows well here in La Jolla, requiring little water to thrive. A member of one of the oldest plant families on the planet, sago palms are in a group known as cycads. More closely...

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