by stefani greenwood

I recently visited the Ballona Wetlands in Marina del Rey and had a spectacular time walking on the path along the wetlands. There were so many birds and plants that mesmerized me!  It was the perfect place to take some time and just observe the earth’s simultaneous complexity and simplicity – all five of my senses were alive and feeling. I find great joy in exploring open spaces, whether they are hidden in urban areas or remotely located.

From the website:

The first inhabitants of Ballona arrived around 8-10 thousand years ago, and were eventually replaced by people from the Mohave Desert who called themselves the Tongva. In the many centuries since the Tongva inhabited the Ballona Wetlands much has changed.  The ever-growing Los Angeles metropolis makes it increasingly harder for the plants and animals that rely on Ballona to survive . Within the last two hundred years, a miniscule amount of time on the geological time scale, the wetlands were changed forever.  The first major change came from agriculture, later industry, followed by a boom in population.

Only 10%  of California’s wetlands remain – I encourage you to visit this wetland, rich in history and special beauty.