Lake Poway: Osprey, Snakes, Coots & Haiku…Oh MY!

A quick visit to Lake Poway today yielded a few surprises! Once we arrived it only took a few minutes to see a ‘capture’ of a baby rattlesnake, reported to the ranger by a man fishing along the water’s edge.

Only a few minutes later, someone behind us shouted ‘he’s got a fish’! We looked up to notice just that! Perched high above on a utility pole, an osprey was holding a fish. He soon took off! The photos below show a bit of the dramatic feat!

Here’s a short #haiku (Day #4 of National Poetry Writing Month hashtag: #napowrimo)!

Perched high, above pole

The osprey held on to prey

Then it flew away!

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Take Off! Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Holding On – Photo by SJF Communications

Wasn’t that osprey cool???

We walked along the water, taking in sights such as the beautiful blue sky and calm water of the Lake Poway. A few people were fishing, a few boating. Just a gorgeous afternoon.

More #Haiku

Crystal blue water

Perfect way to spend the day

Nature enriches

Entrance to Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cormorants – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coots and a Mallard – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coot – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Picnic Area at Lake Poway – Photo by SF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mallards – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

OH NO!!!!! We suddenly spotted this snake- rattlesnake? (or gopher snake?…it was a few feet long) – just as we walked above (and to the left) of the trail around the lake. That was enough for me! Beware, it’s SPRING and the rattlers are awakening!

Last #Haiku

I ask you…take heed

The rattlesnakes are lurking

Avoid getting bit!

Rattlesnake – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

Whew, that rattler was scary! At the end of the trip we noticed this woman who caught some trout. She allowed me to snap this photo!

Trout! Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

All in all a wonderful time at Lake Poway!

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Another Gem in San Diego: Miramar Reservoir

Thanks to my friend’s recommendation, my husband and I recently visited the Miramar Reservoir for the first time. Located in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, Miramar Reservoir is a place loaded with nature and atmosphere! One of those ‘hidden gems’ in my opinion. Nearly 5 miles of paved trail (and a few areas right next to the water) surround the ‘lake’.

Want to go fishing? You can obtain a fishing permit, bait & tackle from the facilities and concessions stand.  Apparently the reservoir is home to largemouth bass, crappie (lol), bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish and trout. There are minimum size & amount limits.

Also visit the concession stand (opened Wednesdays through Sundays) for the following:

Hungry or  Thirsty? Grab some snacks & drinks!

Up for some exercise with a bike ride? You can rent bikes for adventures on land!

Yearning for the water? You can rent kayaks, motorized boats, rowboats even pedal boats! Read here about restrictions and use of float tubes as well

Or, like us, simply power walk, or simply stroll the trail loop.

What are you waiting for???

Directions: Take #15 to Mira Mesa Boulevard traveling East. Take a right turn onto Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then a left on Scripps Lake Drive. You’ll see the entrance on your left.

Feel free to click on these photos from our afternoon at Miramar Reservoir! You can click on each one to see a better view.

First of all, the ‘geese patrol’ greeted us!

Some beautiful images of the Miramar Reservoir from our walk

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This signage invites you to rent and enjoy a paddleboat!

Signage at Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications

 

A few images of the boat dock…

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

And finally, more geese!

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Ah, and a beautiful bougainvillia as well!

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Beautiful bougainvillea at Miramar Reservoir, Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

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Holy Bat Ray! A Memorable Day at Torrey Pines State Beach

You never know what interesting treasures you will find at Torrey Pines State Beach…

We live locally and it’s one of my absolute favorite places to visit for a walk or casual stroll along the shore, or an energetic hike from up above at Torrey Pines State Reserve. Whether I am with friends, family or am solo, I love the nature, the sights and sounds of the waves crashing, the gorgeous rock formations, glimpses of sea life and birds such as osprey and peregrine falcons and cormorants. photo opportunities, etc.

But today it was extremely special!

I was walking towards a crowd of people watching a guy fishing.

Photo by SJF Communications

 

Pretty routine, right?

NOPE, not today.

This guy (David Fillmore) had a BIG something or other on his fishing line. We asked him how long he had been holding whatever the ‘catch’ was…he said about a half hour…then he told us it was probably a bat ray.

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

 

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

Check out the strength of that tug!

So we waited and waited until all of a sudden, we saw the bat ray in view. Soon it was on the  beach for all to see.

CHECK IT OUT and watch until the end!

Afterwards we cheered!

 

Success!

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

 

Photo of David Fillmore by SJF Communications

By the way, a shout out to David Fillmore’s  Everyday California  and Shred Industries