Like any place, it has its pluses and its minuses. I don't want you all to be too envious and think we never have problems. No place is perfect. But this place is oceanic beautiful.
And the people are wonderful, too.
Here, it is beautiful throughout the day.
What is not as well known is that next to the ocean, we have natural botanical gardens. Here is an example:
Below, is the kind of greenery that gets plowed over and removed.
Sometimes after razing the land, one does not get around to building or landscaping and the land sits barren. This reduces the food supply for our native birds and butterflies. Invasive plants take over. The abandoned land tries to return to normal, but is overwhelmed with invasive plants like Casuarinas and Hawaiian Grape that quickly grow, leaving little space for the return of native plants.
Entomologists teach us that insects and birds cannot survive on invasive plants. Invasive plants do not carry appropriate insects and seeds to feed our local birds and butterflies. Their leaves and seeds are not eaten by native birds. Also, fewer insects live on these plants, thus reducing the food supply for birds and butterflies. This is why invasive plants reproduce so quickly. All their seeds survive for further growth because local birds and butterflies are not eating them.
The more the invasive plants grow, the less diversity of plant life is found.
Many are now realizing the values of the original native plants on our properties and are trying to be more selective about what is removed. More often, walking pathways are cut, perhaps with a machete, and carefully selected areas are opened for driving or building. The end result is very striking.
Homes are then surrounded by beautiful, mature, native plants. The air stays cool from the shade of native trees, birds readily find their berries and bugs to eat and butterflies abound as they dip and fly through the bush.
By staying with native plants, tens of thousands of dollars may be saved in burdensome costs for purchasing of replacement top soil, high-priced charges for replanting the land with expensive and often imported plants and costs for purchasing of numerous bags of chemical fertilizer.
In addition, keeping native plants and original top soil eliminates years of frustration that comes with paying others for landscaping ideas on how to revive land that was injured by removing all its topsoil on already nutrient-starved beach property.
A number of us are wondering if there is something that might be done to encourage those who live on land in beautiful natural areas to know their options before they raze the land and have to spend years regretting what was done.