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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Butterflies on Parade – Haiku & Photos: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I have been delighted with some great perks and benefits with my Keepers Club Membership  at the  San Diego Zoo Safari Park! 

We visited a great new exhibit, “Butterfly Jungle” at the Safari Park in Escondido, California the other day…

Please note: The Butterfly Jungle is only open now through April 15th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A few words to the wise! Be prepared to wait! This is a very popular exhibit! (For an extra fee of $20 you can move up in line).

Once you’re inside, they will allow you to marvel at and photograph these lovely colorful butterflies.

What a hoot! The butterflies love bright colors, so feel free to wear them! They will gladly land on you! You’ll chuckle with delight!

It’s a blast!

Here’s my #Haiku to kick off National Poetry Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo) and Global Poetry Writing Month (#glopowrimo):

Haiku: Sweet Butterflies


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Fickle flutterers

Quick, vividly colorful

Dainty butterflies

They might land on you

If so, they invite your grin

Butterflies marvel!

Oh…another important note (per the ambassadors): No touching the butterflies or taking them out of the area with you!

These sweet creatures are endangered, so there will be several ‘exit stations’ where the Safari Park Ambassadors will have you “turn around’ and  ‘shake it out’ to ensure that no butterflies are resting on your clothes, backpacks, hats, etc!

It’s all worth it though! Although there was an elusive few that flew so quickly that by the time I had my camera ready they were gone!

I am looking forward to going again soon! Hurry, the exhibit closes on April 15th!

Check out these photos and feel free to click on each one for more detail!

Paper Kite – Photo by SJF Communications


Postman – Photo by SJF Communications
Rusty-Tipped Page – Photo by SJF Communications


Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications
Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications


Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications



Giant Owls – Photo by SJF Communications


Flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications
More flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications

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 San Diego Safari Park

 San Diego Zoo


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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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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!



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 www.monarchbutterflygarden.net for more info)




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


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


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!





 A condor in deep thought??




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


 Captured a view of this “contemplating” orangutan 





This colorful lone dragonfly landed on a perch!






 Gorillas in our midst!




 Caught some glimpses of this Tasmanian Devil!



The pelicans greet visitors to the zoo!


Merely Meerkats!





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!

Spectacular Flowers and More on our Encinitas Stroll 2.7.15

I took a lovely walk with my husband in Encinitas today at the Self Realization Meditation Garden. Here’s what I captured!

Feel free to scroll/click on each photo, (and like, comment, and/or subscribe)! Beauty abounds in nature!