By definition, a microclimate is the climate of a small, specific place within an area as contrasted with the climate of the entire area, or the "macroclimate," aka, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone. The term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet (like my south facing area) or as large as many square miles (for example a valley). On this barrier island, there are microclimates galore! I can be sweltering in the garden ~2 blocks from the beach while at the oceanfront especially with a seabreeze over the 48 degree water, the microclimate can turn to winter in a few blocks!
So in my happy little microclimate, I have thriving Osteospermum. They love, love, love this location rewarding me with cheerful blooms everytime I pull into the driveway.
The Hens and Chicks seem to like that microclimate also judging from the proliferation going on.
The morning dew rapidly evaporated, and a relaxing day was spent at the beach. The 48 degree water did not keep the teenagers from making a "polar plunge." Luckily the microclimate featured a westerly wind that thawed them out quickly!
After dinner, the need to escape from a house filled with teenagers took GoddessSupport and I to another favorite place, The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, to take a stab at some sunset pictures.
The Refuge is host to thousands if migratory birds coming and going in all directions. Just a few weeks ago the place was loaded with tundra swans and snow geese as far as the eye could see. Now all that was left was one pair of snow geese who seemed to even have the seagulls wondering why they remain.