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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An Afternoon Trail Visit at San Dieguito River Park Trail

 

Exciting time bird watching and more in Del Mar (San Dieguito River Park Trail)!

Yep…a stingray!

Stingray Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Daddy Osprey watching closely!

Male Osprey Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cute bunny rabbit

Bunny Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret with a twig

Egret with Twig Photo by SJF Communications

 

Killdeer (Lifer for me)

Killdeer Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret and friend…

Great Egret and Friend Photo by SJF Communications

Eurasian Collared Doves

Eurasian Collared Doves – Photo by SJF Communications

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird – Photo by SJF Communications

Snowy Egret

 

Flowers along the way…

 

Train passing with song sparrow and hummingbird…

 

Trail restoration project and views…

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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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A Few of My Views For All of You From The San Diego Zoo!

Happy New Year!

I love living in San Diego!  Of all the phenomenal attractions here, one that stands out among the rest is the world famous San Diego Zoo.  

I thoroughly enjoyed a long overdue zoo visit with family over the holidays. It was fantastic exercise walking throughout the zoo & the quality time spent with family was priceless!

We were fortunate to peer at one of the pandas that day, among many other species such as gorillas, orangutans, pelicans, hippos, lions, egrets, camels, eagles, elephants, giraffes etc.!

What a fun day (with such beautiful weather)!   

My favorite exhibits (as always) were the orangutans and gorillas- I could watch them all day!

Here are a few collage images to enjoy! Click on each collage to enlarge it…

Oh…and what are your favorite animals to see at the zoo?  

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San Diego Zoo Collage 1 by SJF Communications

San Diego Zoo Photo Collage # 1 by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

 

 

 

San Diego Zoo Collage # 2

San Diego Zoo Collage # 2 by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

 

 

San Diego Zoo Collage # 3 by SJF Communications

San Diego Zoo Collage # 3 by Susan Farese, SJF Communications