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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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

by

SJF Communications

 

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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San Diego Crew Classic

We enjoyed a quick visit to the 45th Annual San Diego Crew Classic (through Sunday, March 25th) at Crown Point, Mission Bay. Photos by SJF Communications.

Here are some photos. Feel free to click on each one.

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Torrey Pines State Beach: Dolphins & Sandpipers & Pelicans…Oh My!

I am spoiled! Living so close to the beach is one thing, but even better is the fact that we’re near Torrey Pines State Beach!

 Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California and approximately 1.5 miles West of Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road in San Diego. Here is a cool visitors guide for Torrey Pines State Beach including parking rate information from the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as information about the Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Daily rates: $10-15 Monday-Thursday; $12-20 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Click for info on Annual Passes.

As I have stated before, #TorreyPinesStateBeach is my ‘go to’ place to walk for fitness, stroll, socialize, observe the #artinnature and #natureasart. I like to visually capture interesting images.

Here are a few images from my most recent March, 2018 visit…I also saw a whale spouting, but it was so fast I couldn’t capture it quickly enough with a photo!

The Entrance to Torrey Pines State Beach

Things Happen in Threes!

Wouldn’t you know…I glanced up and saw a pelican, dolphin and helicopter in the distance!

Things Happen in Threes!

 

Some images from the afternoon!

Rocks within rocks!

 

Ocean movement

 

Lovely waves!

 

A Sandpiper Enjoying a Snack from the Ocean!

 

And a Classic Sandpiper Pose!

And a classic Sandpiper Pose!

A Seagull in Flight!

A Seagull in Flight

Shells a Plenty!

Shells a Plenty!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Dolphin Fin!

Dolphin Fin!

 

Dolphin Swimming!

Dolphin Swimming!

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A Poem & Artistic ‘Finds’ at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

A poem and some photos from today’s fitness walk at

Torrey Pines State Beach!

‘Mother Nature Evokes’!

by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Art in Nature! Nature as Art!

Captured with my lens -Doing my part

I acknowledge, respect and document

And sprinkle emotional sentiment!

It magnifies the magnificence

It clarifies the significance

And so, do you agree, with me?

Then snap away, draw, paint, dance or sing

Cherish Mother Nature somehow every day…

So that in your own way – nature’s truth will ring!

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Looking South’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Steps leading to (or from) the Torrey Pines State Reserve’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Sandstone Rocks with Blue Sky and the Sea’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Almost at Flat Rock’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Heart Shaped Rock (by default)!; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

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Driven to the Max: Photo Shoot and Q & A with Max Cadillac

Meet Max Cadillac. I have known Max professionally for the past five years in San Diego. Our paths have crossed with me providing public relations & marketing, and with him either performing in professional theatre productions, choreographing and/or costuming…and most recently modeling as my photography subject for an action-packed, fun editorial shoot, as Max embarks on his new journey – the sky’s the limit – and seize NYC – a.k.a. The Big Apple!

This past September, our photo shoot (for his new modeling “look book”) with Max took place during the day at a cool park as well as a suburban cul-de-sac and street in the Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego. Max posed. I snapped away.

Take a gander at Max’s photographic versatility (and read our interview Q &A which follows)!

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

Q & A with Max Cadillac

SJF: Max, please give us the run down…tell us where you have performed professionally

MC: I have a true love for musical theatre and have been working hard throughout my field of choice – performing, choreographing, and costuming in San Diego. I’ve performed with Cygnet Theatre (Pageant, Gypsy), Moonlight Stage Productions (The Wizard of Oz, Music Man, Big Fish), San Diego Musical Theatre (White Christmas, Sound of Music, Cats, West Side Story), and most recently in The Tragedy of Carmen with the San Diego Opera.

SJF: Besides being a dancer, you’re also a choreographer. Where have you been the creator of all things dance?

MC: My choreography credits include: Canyon Crest Academy (Zombie Prom, Evita, Sweet Charity), La Jolla High School (Anything Goes), San Diego Junior Theater (Shrek the Musical), as well as other high school, college, and studio performances.

SJF: And your newest venture into costuming?

MC: Over the last year, I have expanded into costuming under the wing of costume designer Janet Pitcher.

SJF: Why NY? Does it have a special meaning for you?

MC: Though I am proud to be a native San Diegian, I’ve always felt like my home town was ‘Broadway to Bloomingdales’ in The Big Apple. My parents and family are from the tri-state area and having growing up bi-coastal going to summer camp in the Poconos, I have always loved New York the most. Not only that, but there are so many more opportunities for theater in New York than Southern California. The fantasy of moving to the city and booking the first audition sounds splendid, but the reality of planning his move to New York has been a long awaited plan since high school.

SJF: Tell us about your performing and where you have studied

MC: The drive to perform has always been there. I have attended performing arts schools since middle school. I first attended Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy before transferring to Coronado School of the Arts for high school. It was there I learned his passion could become a career, and I pursued a degree in Theater. I attended a California State University to pursue my degree, but he realized within the first month this was not the right program for me. So within that first semester, I applied, auditioned, and was accepted into AMDA  in Los Angeles for musical theatre. It was a program that mainly focused on acting, singing, dancing, and allowing their students to explore many aspects of the performance world on and off stage.

SJF: What was one of your favorite roles?

MC: Everyday is another chance to create and perform, but I really enjoyed my most recent performance as Lillas Pastia in the San Diego Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen. The creative team wanted to make a whole new vision for the classic opera, so with only six cast members, sets and costumes spanning many different decades, and direction like no one has seen before, It was a true collaboration of artists working together to feature the best of their talents. And although my character did not have any songs or dialogue, I threw myself into the physicality of the character. To quote the lead of Carmen herself, she wrote me a lighthearted opening night letter saying “Thank you for stealing my show. Now own it” and that is exactly what I did. The recreation of a classic role is something I am extremely invested in, always trying to adapt and tell a relatable story for the audience, and one day I hope to originate a role in a musical, play, opera, or film. Any medium that gives actors the freedom to shape and mold a character like that sounds like a dream role to me, and I would even love to write my own musicals and movies in order to ensure true artistic freedom.

SJF: Dream roles?

MC:  I have many! Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone, Molina in Kiss of The Spiderwoman, Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and an all time favorite from the first musical I ever saw on Broadway one day playing Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

SJF It’s been a pleasure Max. Anything else you’d like to share?

MC: On a personal note, I’d would like to thank you, Susan for all of your support, love, and laughter working together over the past 5 years and would like to leave your readers with this thought; If you love something, Do Not let it go! Hold onto whatever drives your passion, and love what you do. Theater, like the world can seem very small at times, but never limit yourself within your chosen field and always remember it is much more fulfilling to focus on the journey than the finish line.

SJF: Best wishes on your journey to the BIG APPLE!

 

Special thanks to Emmy Farese for photoshoot assistance!

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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!

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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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Torrey Pines State Beach: Pelicans on Rocks, Boogie Boards & more

Torrey Pines State Beach is  GEM!

Strolled along and captured several cool sights: pelicans, a boogie-boarder, the ocean and rock formations…enjoy!

Stunning Sunset Cardiff CA 1.16.15.

Another gloriously stunning sunset!

Caught it while driving down 101 South in Cardiff, CA. 1.16.15

Stunning Sunset Cardiff  CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com
Stunning Sunset Cardiff CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com

 

 

Stunning Sunset Cardiff  CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com
Stunning Sunset Cardiff CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com

 

 

Stunning Sunset Cardiff  CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com
Stunning Sunset Cardiff CA 1.16.15. www.sjfcommunications.com