Look Out! It’s a Bird…or Two…or Three – Bird Watching at Santee Lakes!

Santee Lakes in San Diego County is a great place for bird and waterfowl watching! So many varieties can be spotted throughout the year! Here is a PDF Santee Lakes Birdlist as of 2016.

I’ve made a short video from my brief visit the other day. A Great White Egret was the highlight! Also spotted Wood Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Canada Geese, Pied-Billed Grebe, and of course, Coots!

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These Rocks ROCK! Torrey Pines State Reserve & Beach

I am always amazed at the striking rock formations and cliffs at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach. They are fascinating, colorful, majestic, steep and very old!

I spent some time walking along the beach recently and was in awe of the rock formations…caves…geometric shapes and more…

Here’s a short video to show the magic in the rocks!

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A Visit to la Jolla

I strolled along the La Jolla coastline the other day (mostly on Coast Blvd.) I discovered really cool breathtaking views, caves, cliffs, the La Jolla Cove, the Children’s Pool, the back of the La Valencia Hotel, beach goers, sea lions and seals, cormorants, and even some beautiful flowers!

Here’s a short video which captured some of the sights!

 

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A Quick Visit: San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Loop Trail

I had some free time and took advantage of a wonderful mini-escape to nature!

Here’s a short video to recap my time strolling throughout the mile long, double loop, ADA accessible San Elijo Nature Center Loop Trail  (Located off of Interstate #5 a bit West on Manchester Blvd. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California). There are several benches along the route to sit back, reflect and ‘take it all in’.

There’s a bit of restoration and dredging (thus, disruption of the bird habitats) happening these days, complete with large cranes, so I didn’t spot as many species as usual.

Feel free to read more about the San Elijo Nature Center plus, some info about the  San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

 

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An Afternoon at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park!

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful afternoon enjoying the benefits of my Keepers Club Pass at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California. The advantages: I can always bring a guest, I can enjoy the free parking (usually $15), and there are new exhibits every once in awhile to take in and experience. (Oh, we also walked about 10,000 steps too)!

Here’s a short video recap of our day! Hope you enjoy it!

 

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Fun at the San Diego Zoo…and Then Some!!

Yet another fun afternoon of fun and adventure at the world famous San Diego Zoo – thanks to my Keeper’s Club Pass.

Keeper’s Club Pass. Photo by SJF Communications

This time I enjoyed the day with my Goddaughter Caroline, and her one of her best friends, Tori!

Susan and Caroline. Photo by Tori Trexel
Tori and Caroline; Photo by SJF Communications

We spent several hours enjoying the weather, scenery, botanical treasures and of course phenomenal animal exhibits! Plus: an added bonus of walking (and strolling) at least our 10,000 steps (& beyond)!

Then we ventured out to Balboa Park for a lovely lunch at the Prado, complete with a pitcher of sangria before our delicious steak and chicken tacos (and fries) were delivered!

 

Tori, Susan and Caroline at the Prado Restaurant in balboa Park. Photo by a very kind member of the Prado Wait Staff!

We passed by Food Truck Friday too!

Caroline and Tori at Food Truck Friday at Balboa Park; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Caroline and Susan at Food Truck Friday at Balboa Park; Photo by Tori Trexel

Here are some more photos from our splendid day!

Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

First of all, my Mentee this past year in the San Diego State University’s Aztec Mentor Program, Senior Delaney Heil, (class of 2019) is thrilled to be interning this summer at the San Diego Zoo! She was our bus tour guide! Weren’t we the lucky ones! Besides driving that huge bus (oh my…I could NEVER), she was brilliantly humorous as she narrated along the way!

 

 

Delaney Heil; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Susan and Delaney; Photo by Caroline Brigham

And here are some photos of our very cool animal friends!

Flamingo

Flamingo; Photo by SJF Communications

Jaguar – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Polar Bear

Polar Bear; Photo by SJF Communications

Koalas – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Orangutans – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Gorillas – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Giraffes – Feel free to click on each photo to see more detail!

Elephant

Elephant; Photo by SJF Communications

California Condor

California Condor; Photo by SJF Communications

 

California Condor; California Condor; Photo by SJF Communications

 

Tapir; Photo by SJF Communications

Meerkat

Meerkat; Photo by SJF Communications

Capybara

Capybara; Photo by SJF Communications

Lion

Lion; Photo by SJF Communications

Pigmy Hippo

Pigmy Hippo; Photo by SJF Communications

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Cali Daze! Photos: San Dieguito Lagoon, Delmar & Dog Beach, Gwen’s Garden, Solana Beach

I spent some time bird watching at the San Dieguito River Park Lagoon in Delmar and then took a stroll at Dog Beach and serendipitously discovered Gwen’s Garden in Solana Beach. Getting in touch with nature is one of the best feelings and having my camera handy to capture these moments is indescribable!

Hope you enjoy these photos!

San Dieguito River Park

 

Cormorant

 

Egret soaring

 

Egret relaxing with silhouette

 

The same fascinating egret!

 

Wildflowers along San Dieguito River

 

Purple wildflowers under the bridge
San Diego Fair…before the Fair Begins!
Dog Beach
Beach Volleyball
Del Mar Fair…before it opened!

All About Gwen’s Garden:

http://delmarsandpiper.org/Pages/News2018-02/Feb2918-17.html

https://www.gofundme.com/savethegardenatdogbeach

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Magnificent Sunset Cliffs – Despite the May Grays

It’s that time again in San Diego…The marine layer is proudly beaming lately and we kid about it as ‘May Gray’.

I visited Sunset Cliffs in Point Loma on May 21st and was delighted with such natural beauty there…

Take a gander at these photos.

Not a sunny day, but I still witnessed gorgeous rock formations, caves, wildflowers and waves…

YES: #artinnature, #natureasart!

Haiku

May Gray Gazing

by

Susan J. Farese

Dreary May gray skies

Chilly, damp, the winds shall blow

But stunning photos!

The Rock Just Juts!
The Cave Awaits!
A Pier Shall Appear!
Look…Up on the Cliff..It’s an Osprey!
Purple Wildflowers Atop a Cliff!

 

 

A View to Long For!
Wondrous Cave!

 

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Sebastian Slovin – Author of ‘Ashes in the Ocean’ – Book Signing at Warwick’s 5/20 (12 – 2 p.m.)

SJF Communications​ proudly welcomes our new client, Encinitas Author Sebastian Slovin​, who recently released his highly acclaimed memoir, “Ashes in the Ocean“. Sebastian’s book is a poignant reflection of his heartfelt journey surviving, learning from and ultimately becoming resilient after the unfortunate suicide of his Father, South African legendary swimmer Vernon Slovin.  Sebastian was only 6 years old when his father passed away.

 

Sebastian Slovin, Author of ‘Ashes in the Ocean’

We invite you to stop by at Sebastian’s upcoming book signing, this Sunday, May 20, from 12 noon – 2 p.m. at Warwick’s​ in La Jolla as part of their ‘Weekends with Locals‘ program.

Here’s the Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/189567478357717/

 

Sebastian’s poignant memoir is in print now: https://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Ocean-Through-Learning-Fathers/dp/0692051198

Sebastian’s Facebook Author Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/SebastianSlovinAuthor/?notif_id=1526686869299225&notif_t=page_fan

Sebastian Slovin’s Blog: https://www.sebastianslovin.com/blog/

And many thanks to Rob LeDonne​ for this article about Sebastian’s journey: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/books/sd-et-books-slovin-20180402-story.html

Media Contact: Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications – sjfcommunications@gmail.com Ph: 408-398-5940

 

Westwind Brass Announces Concert Series ‘Brass in the Park’ at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park

 

The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s Premier Professional Brass Ensemble, and Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive Concert Series entitled: ‘Brass in the Park’ at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park  2115 Park Blvd., San Diego, 92101.

The Westwind Brass Ensemble, includes Elizabeth Howard, John Wilds and Karl Soukup (trumpets), Barry Toombs (horn), Eric Starr (trombone) and Bryan Smith (tuba).

The Westwind Brass Ensemble Courtesy Photo: Left to right: Dr. Eric Starr, Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Barry Toombs, John Wilds & Karl Soukup

 

“After more than 32 years, Westwind Brass Ensemble remains committed to serving the diverse communities that make up this great city of San Diego.  We pledge to serve not only the San Diego that we know, but also the San Diego of the future.”

– Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn), US Navy Veteran

May 24 at 7pm“A Night at the Speakeasy” (complete with a password for entry!).  This show is one of our most popular.  Westwind Brass adds a drummer for this very special show that takes the audience on a tour through the history of Jazz, from vaudeville and traditional, or “Hot” jazz through to the fusion jazz of the 1970’s.  Venue permitting, we often perform this show in a “club” setting, complete with cash bar, but the show itself is fun (and informative!) for all ages.

June  14th  at 7pm“Amber Waves of Grain, a Celebration of Musical Americanais Westwind Brass’ tribute to the music that has illustrated America’s journey over the past 200+ years.  With lots of catchy tunes and interesting stories, this concert is a celebration of all of the things that make America truly great!

Sept 13 at 7 pm – “The Music of the Californias” is a program that reflects the long and storied history of the “Golden State”.  Works include pieces from the mission era, the gold rush, and the golden age of Hollywood, along with some fun and interesting history.

December 10 at 7 pm “Holiday Lights”

Tickets: https://westwind-brass.ticketleap.com/brass-at-sea-concert-series/

Full Series Subscription (General Admission): $90 + $5.50 fee)

Full Series Subscription (Veteran’s Museum Members): $70 + $4.50 fee)

General Admission: $25 (+ $2.25 fee)

Veteran’s Museum Members $20 (+ $2.00 fee)

Seniors & Military (w/valid I.D.): $10 (+ $1.50 fee)

Students (w/valid I.D.): $5 (+ $1.25 fee)

For more information contact:

Westwind Brass at 619-665-9125, or email info@westwindbrass.org.

Or Veteran’s Museum at Balboa Park at (619) 239-2300 or info@veteranmuseum.org

Media Inquiries: Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications 408-398-5940 sjfcommunications@gmail.com

 

The Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music. Westwind Brass musicians perform in various configurations of featuring the unique timbre of brass instruments and performing the brass repertoire at a high artistic level. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.