Photos and Fun Exploring Julian, California!

Apple pie, apple cider, photos

…and lots of cool shops and restaurants!

We’re sold on JULIAN!

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, we had an enjoyable mountain getaway day trip to Julian, California. (We usually travel the less than an hour road trip from San Diego each year).

Julian is a picturesque, historic gold-mining town that exudes lots of charm!

This time, my daughter Emmy and her best friend Sydney were my traveling, shopping and dining  buddies and also helped with photography.

Our day started with a delicious lunch at the Julian Grille.

Photos by SJF Communications

Afterwards we checked out the shops, enjoyed the apple pie at Mom’s Pies (oh yes, and the apple cider) and ventured to take in the autumn foliage, colorful leaves and beautiful scenery.

Of course, many photos were snapped that day and we want to share them with you! Overall a delightful day in Julian!

Hope you enjoy these photos of our spectacular crisply colorful autumn day! Click on individual photos to see more details!

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Emmy (in the hat) and Sydney – Exploring Julian!

 

Places to Shop!

Some of the shops that we noticed: The Birdwatcher, Julian Mountain Emporium, Kathy’s Dress Shop, Quilts & More, Hog Heaven, Julian Imports, Julian Book House, Julian Cider Mill, Julian Cafe & Bakery, Julian Trading Company, Julian Imports, Antique Boutique, JAG Art Gallery, the     T-Haus, & the Cuyamaca Clay Company.

Places to Nosh!

The Julian Grille, Romano’s Restaurant, Buffalo Bills, Blue Door Winery, Apple Alley Bakery, and Julian Cafe & Bakery, among others! Yum!

More Cool Images!

Let’s allow these photos to speak for themselves!

 

 

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A Quick Visit to the San Diego Zoo

It’s great to enjoy an annual pass at the San Diego Zoo! It’s a quick getaway…since we live in San Diego!

Plus, there’s abundant sunshine, a fun way to walk my steps for fitness, and of course, getting to visit the wonderful animals and appreciate nature at the same time!

This past week, I visited the Hummingbird Aviary House, as well as the Gorilla, Orangutan and Reptile Exhibits (and loved photographing the beautiful hibiscus flowers)!

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The Hummingbirds & Other Birds

 

The Reptiles

The Gorillas

The Orangutans

The Hibiscus Flowers

A Photographic Evening at Balboa Park, San Diego

Even buildings smiled for the camera!

I decided to stroll around Balboa Park last evening with my camera in hand…and what a treat it was! Take a gander at some of the cool flowers, architecture, and more!

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Check out these gorgeous flowers! Go ahead…click away to see the full images! Spectacular colors!

…Plus…some snapshots of this cute bunny posing and feasting!

Finally, couldn’t resist taking photos of this beautiful fountain!

Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications
Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications
Fountain at Balboa Park, Photos by SJF Communications

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A Visit to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala’

 

Some photos from my June 9, 2017 visit to Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala’

Photo credit: SJF Communications

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Captured Images: Earth Day 2017 at Balboa Park, San Diego

 

Celebrating the Earth and the Day…One Flower or Image at a Time!

It was a beautiful San Diego day last Sunday, April 23, 2017. I was meeting friends from the East Coast at the San Diego Zoo. Little did I know that Balboa Park was celebrating Earth Day, and it was extremely crowded! Parking took forever! But lo and behold, I finally was able to park and decided to capture some images of the afternoon at Balboa Park en route to meeting my friends.

Most of the images are flowers. That’s celebrating the Earth, right???

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More Hummingbirds: Tiny Magnificent Creatures!

 I continually marvel at hummingbirds…such tiny magnificent magical creatures!

Their stunning colorful beauty, their speed, their zest for the “hummingbird life”….

It beats watching the news these days. It inspires my creative spirit and hope!

 I’ve  combined some poetry (Haiku), video footage and photographic images just for you!

 

Hummingbirds: A Haiku:

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.  Fluttering about

Zooming, oh, so rapidly

Marvelous colors!

2. Hummingbird magic

Unique, beautiful creatures

Don’t fly away, stay!

 

Here is a short video from today. See these lovely hummingbirds in action as they fly continuously over to the feeders and enjoy nectar, hover, and then dance away!

And now…some photographic images!

Hopefully these hummingbird images will captivate you and yours too!

Enjoy!

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Red-headed Male Anna Hummingbird looking up at the nectar!

 

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Beautiful aqua and green coat Anna Hummingbird

 

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Anna is almost at the nectar finish line!

 

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Anna Hummingbird on a twig

 

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I see the flower!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird enjoying the afternoon!

 

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Circling the nectar feeder

 

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So hungry!

 

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Love this wingspan!

 

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Doesn’t this male Anna hummingbird look like a halo above his head? Wings!

 

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I can taste that nectar already!

 

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Two hummingbirds negotiating!

 

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Just another nectar break!

 

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“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, said the male Anna hummingbird!

 

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Headshot! Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Fluttering away!
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Feathered friend!

 

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Which way did they go?? Male Anna hummingbird

 

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Male Anna hummingbird looking up to the sky!

 

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I was there first! No, I was! OK, let’s eat!
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Blue skies!!
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Colors!
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Time for more nectar!

 

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Male Anna hummingbird on a palm leaf!

 

 

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See? A palm leaf! Told you!

 

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A Photographic Journey through the San Diego State University (SDSU) Campus

I recently spent some time strolling on the beautiful campus at San Diego State University (SDSU). Our daughter is enrolled for Fall, 2016 and we love taking the time to explore every chance we get!

Here are some photos I captured that gloriously beautiful day! I wish I could have photographed the entire campus! Perhaps I will visit again soon to capture much more! Feel free to click on each photo.

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Hepner Hall with the Hardy Memorial Tower in the Background

 

 

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SDSU Campus Map

 

 

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Colorful Signage

 

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SDSU Transit Center

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU Pedestrian Bridge

 

http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/virtualtour/ped_bridge.html

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union Walkway

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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Student Services West

 

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Manchester Hall

 

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Student Services West

 

 

 

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SDSU Clock Tower

 

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SDSU’s Love Library Dome

 

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Capturing another  view of the Conrad Prebys Student Union

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

 

 

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SDSU’s Love Library

 

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Between Performing Arts area and Hepner Hall

 

 

And here is some of the gorgeous foliage seen that day. Click on each photo to enlarge it. Such vivid color and so many beautiful varieties of trees and flowers!

 

And a few more images of the “bench art” and more!

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Aha! A Monarch Butterfly Visits Us!

 

Welcome to Our Balcony in San Diego, Sir or Ms. Monarch!*

 

A Magnificent Beauty Arrives!

I had just sat down  looking out at our 2nd floor balcony, when all of a sudden, a beautiful Monarch butterfly visited!

I grabbed my Nikon Coolpix L830 and put it on the “close up” setting and snapped away!

This post will be super short and sweet..

-Just a way to share how gorgeous this colorful butterfly was!

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Beauty in nature abounds, we just need to look for it, spot it and savor the beauty of it!

Enjoy!

 

p.s. (*I didn’t get a chance to determine if it was a male (black spot on hind wing) or female (no black spot)!

(Check out http://www.monarchbutterflygarden.net for more info)

 

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Funny thing is, I just bought those two plants a few days ago and haven’t even planted them yet!

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Lucky enough to catch the butterfly in flight, although a bit blurred!

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Hope your day is as delightful as this butterfly’s has been!

San Diego Zoo Animals on an April Morning!

Thoroughly enjoyed a great visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo yesterday morning!

Here are some photos.  Feel free to click on them individually!

 

Just couldn’t resist this camel’s expression!

 

 

 The koala exhibit is an amazing natural habitat

 

 

Check out this condors wings!

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 A condor in deep thought??

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 Fun spotting this “Secretary Bird”. Love those colorful eye shadows!

 

 Captured a view of this “contemplating” orangutan 

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This colorful lone dragonfly landed on a perch!

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 Gorillas in our midst!

 

 

 

 Caught some glimpses of this Tasmanian Devil!

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The pelicans greet visitors to the zoo!

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Merely Meerkats!

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And a few more animals we visited!

Tell me, is there anything cuter than a mama duck and her little one?

 

 

And finally here are a few of the gorgeous flowers at the zoo!

Such a fun way to spend time with friends or family, get some exercise walking, and observe the animals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring has Sprung! Cormorants Perched at Torrey Pines State Beach (San Diego County) Plus a Few Flowers to Enjoy!

I can’t get enough of the natural beauty at Torrey Pines State Beach!

Simply sharing with you a few glimpses from my “low tide” TPSB stroll where I spotted two cormorants perched atop a rock.

Besides viewing the cormorants, enjoy these snapshots of gorgeous spring flowers (seen  on the neighborhood), a cool rock formation and a “heat map” of hangliders!

Have a fantastic week and try to do something creative each day!