The University of California campus in Berkeley has been mostly surrendered to weeds and wild plants and animals during the long lockdown this spring. A few places are open, such as the Optometry Clinic, though other school staff and even senior scientists are locked out of their labs. “My key card’s been changed,” one told me today. “I can’t get into the building.” Meanwhile, I saw mostly no one, though one masked tour group had formed a loose circle on the lawn near South Hall.
In the redwood forest behind the Faculty Club I stumbled on a group of tiny, just-hatched spiderlings, possibly Araneus diadematus. They’re a beautiful metallic gold. Meanwhile, bees bobbed around the many spring blossoms; for them, it’s business as usual.