Santa Cruz in the springtime is breathtaking. The weather this weekend was perfect for a midday stroll through the neighborhoods downtown. I've always loved the colorful Victorian houses but this was the first time I really took the time to admire them up close. Walking around made me really admire the variety of colors-- where else can you find multiple purple houses on the same street? Not only are the houses themselves gorgeous, but the trees and flowers seem to have grown specifically to make the neighborhoods more beautiful. Who says everything has to be man vs. nature? They seem quite cozy together over here.