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

Marveling at the San Diego Zoo!

I spent about 2 hours at the San Diego Zoo the other day. Had some time and brought my camera. Join me on this journey to only a few areas (the Hummingbird House, plus Gorillas and Orangutans and a special surprise at the end of my journey). My short visit was jam packed with memorable bursts of images!

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

First, I visited the Hummingbird House or Aviary, which is a great little secret but tucked away and a bit challenging to find! As you enter the Zoo, turn left towards the Discovery Area towards the Sky Ride. Best to ask a guide..It’s to the right after the Reptile House,  look for the red railing…More about the Kenton C. Lint Hummingbird Aviary

I snapped away at some very colorful birds as well as hummingbirds which enjoy the lush surroundings with flowers, nectar and feeders.

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I love hummingbird watching!

One of these days, I’d like to go on a trip to explore the different types!

Gorillas

It was such a special treat to see the baby with Mom!

Orangutans

I also visited the Orangutan habitat. More joy with another young one to watch with Mom and Dad!

Finally, my big surprise was to spot a peacock near the squawking in the flamingo area, alone in a corner. I waited until he faced front. What  beautiful plume feathers! Take a look!

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Discovering Art in Nature at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

Torrey Pines State Beach (below Torrey Pines State Reserve), is one of my favorite “go to”places in San Diego.

Why? Because it is always different, each time I visit. I always seem to “see” art in nature…

The sandstone bluff rock formations and cliffs are majestic and magnificent. The amazing ocean with constantly changing tides speaks for itself. Nature abounds with animals and birds. I just marvel at the beauty. I also try bring my camera and snap away at what I see before me. Plus the extra added value of exercise as I stroll along the beach.

Last week, I spotted a few treasures which I captured photographically. I saw the blue Velella Vellela jellyfish (also called ‘by the wind sailors’ due to their resembling a sailboat), the pelicans continuously flew by back and forth in formation (although there are always a few stragglers ‘doing their own thing’), an egret graced the sand at the shoreline and then flew away (which I was fortunate to take a few photos of). Also of note, a peregrine falcon which was perched high above (several photographers had their long lenses prepped and were telling me how the falcon “Dad’ was so greedy and wouldn’t share food with his partner for her and the babies). I certainly hope this changes and those ‘babies’ thrive soon and the female gets more nourishment!

An amazing find of the day, I almost stepped upon. It was my first encounter with a juvenile eared grebe. It was sitting alone on the beach near the shoreline. Its striking orange eye captivated me. It was just sitting there…It looked healthy yet something didn’t seem “right” since it was ‘picking’ at it’s feathers every few seconds. Before I left, I called the ranger station and reported it. They arrived and said they would not be able to do anything themselves, but would call the “bird people”, I hope they did…

Do you see art in nature? Do you enjoy breathing in the ocean air? Do you reflect on how fortunate we are to be able to see so many wonderful species and celebrate gifts of the earth? I highly encourage you to if you can.

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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 Peregrine Falcon & Art in Nature at Torrey Pines State Beach, San Diego

I Spied a Peregrine Falcon!

I love living in the San Diego area. Every time I visit Torrey Pines State Beach I discover something different and magical!

Couldn’t believe my luck today when I saw a fellow photographer ahead of me, with his camera and large lens, looking up at the rock formations.

He told me about seeing two peregrine falcons. We spotted one of them perched high up, atop a rock formation. 

I zoomed in and snapped several photos for your viewing!

 

 

Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach
Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

 

Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach
Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach

Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach
Peregrine Falcon at Torrey Pines State Beach

I also marveled at how much beauty and “art” there is in nature. Here are a few photos that demonstrate patterns, colors, textures, etc. in today’s ‘beach finds”

 Finally, here are a few more photos from today. A group of college students from Vermont were enjoying Spring Break at Torrey Pines State Beach near Flat Rock .

Here are some photos!

Spring Break at Torrey Pines State Beach
Spring Break at Torrey Pines State Beach
Rock Formation at Torrey Pines State Beach
Rock Formation at Torrey Pines State Beach
Rock Formation at Torrey Pines State Beach
Rock Formation at Torrey Pines State Beach

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!

Torrey Pines State Reserve & Beach Hike: Magnificent Nature (Even a Drone)!

 

 

This morning I enjoyed a wonderful hike with my friend Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve. We walked up the hill from the parking lot. (Usually $12/day, but for locals like us, it pays to buy a “California Explorer” Annual Pass which gives access to California State Parks).

Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve
Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

A lone Torrey Pines tree at Torrey PInes State Reserve

Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We spotted a “Scrub Jay” blue bird

Scrub Jay  in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Scrub Jay in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 We both admired the beautiful Pacific Ocean views from atop the cliffs

Susan at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

We admired several rock formations

Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 And savored the gorgeous ocean views from atop the cliffs

Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean
Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean

 We finally made it to the view of Flat Rock!

Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We took the beach trail and observed several wild yellow, and orange flowers blooming.

 

 

The trail led us to gorgeous majestic views of the blue-green hued Pacific Ocean. Then we took the steps down to Torrey Pines State Beach below.

View of La Jolla at Torrey Pines State Reserve
View of Flat Rock & La Jolla in the Distance at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 Then lo and behold…all of a sudden, as we ventured down the steps to Torrey Pines State Beach, we spotted a DRONE in the sky!

JIm Gleason's Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach
JIm Gleason’s Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

 Here’s a short video of the drone landing!

 Which led us to meet “Droner” Jim Gleason, a freelance videographer, originally from San Diego but visiting from Austria with his wife Camille, who is a Scientist with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

Jim told us about his drone, a DJI Phantom 2 H3-3d combo which costs approximately $1000, along with his Go-Pro (approximately $300),

plus an installed video downlink system all through Aerial Media Pros.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

 Jim and Camille Gleason

Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach

 All in all, a fun morning hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey PInes State Beach!

Here’s a gallery of more photos from today!