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:


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!


Beautiful aqua and green coat Anna Hummingbird


Anna is almost at the nectar finish line!


Anna Hummingbird on a twig


I see the flower!


Male Anna hummingbird enjoying the afternoon!


Circling the nectar feeder


So hungry!


Love this wingspan!


Doesn’t this male Anna hummingbird look like a halo above his head? Wings!


I can taste that nectar already!


Two hummingbirds negotiating!


Just another nectar break!
“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, said the male Anna hummingbird!
Headshot! Male Anna hummingbird
Fluttering away!
Feathered friend!


Which way did they go?? Male Anna hummingbird


Male Anna hummingbird looking up to the sky!


I was there first! No, I was! OK, let’s eat!
Blue skies!!
Time for more nectar!


Male Anna hummingbird on a palm leaf!



See? A palm leaf! Told you!


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Hummingbirds on the Balcony!

Just another few days mesmerized by hummingbirds

who feast on nectar at our San Diego balcony! 

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“Here’s lookin’ at me, kid”! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications, 2016




Bird in a Bird of Paradise!


More nectar!


Ah! There’s the nectar!
Humming along!


The Happy Hummer!


Hummer looking up!

Spot the hummingbird!


“Caught in the Act”! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications


Hummingbird chillin’ on the feeder! Photo by Susan Farese, SJF Communications


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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



SDSU Campus Map



Colorful Signage


SDSU Transit Center


Conrad Prebys Student Union


SDSU Pedestrian Bridge
SDSU Pedestrian Bridge



Conrad Prebys Student Union



Conrad Prebys Student Union Walkway


Conrad Prebys Student Union


Conrad Prebys Student Union


Student Services West


Manchester Hall


Student Services West




SDSU Clock Tower


SDSU’s Love Library Dome


Capturing another  view of the Conrad Prebys Student Union


SDSU’s Love Library


SDSU’s Love Library


SDSU’s Love Library




SDSU’s Love Library


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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The WAIT is over… as fruitlessmoon theatreworks Presents WAITING for GODOT

Now through April 10, 2016 at White Box Live Arts, NTC Liberty Station, San Diego

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After 16 years of waiting in the wings, Nobel Prize winner Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT returns to San Diego stages with the fruitlessmoon theatreworks 2016 production at White Box Live Arts, Produced and Directed by fruitlessmoon theatreworks’ Artistic Director, Aimee Greenberg.
Waiting for Godot Producer/Director Aimee Greenberg
Aimee Greenberg

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Want “The Best of Times”? See San Diego Musical Theatre’s “La Cage Aux Folles” September 25-October 11 at Spreckels Theatre!!

SDMT La Cage Aux Folles and 2016 Season Image
SDMT La Cage Aux Folles and 2016 Season

Get glizty with San Diego Musical Theatre– “The LOCAL way to see Broadway”!!

Award-Winning San Diego Musical Theatre ‘glams it up” for their upcoming production of La Cage Aux Folles  on Friday, September 25 (preview) with Opening Night on Saturday, September 26th and running through Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at the beautiful historic Spreckels Theatre “on Broadway” in the Gaslamp District of Downtown San Diego.

Book by Harvey Fierstein with Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman.


The musical that inspired the movie The Birdcage (starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane),  La Cage Aux Folles tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely St. Tropez, and his partner, Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse, Zaza. When Georges’ son brings home his fiancée’s ultra conservative parents to meet the splashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test! La Cage is a glittering and fast stepping extravaganza mixed with a touching tale of one family’s struggle to stay together, stay fabulous and above all else, stay true to themselves!

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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!

Torrey Pines State Beach: My Local GEM!

At Torrey Pines State Beach Pelican Staring Right at Me!
At Torrey Pines State Beach Pelican Staring Right at Me!

Awe at Torrey Pines State Beach

In my opinion, an absolute gem in the San Diego area is Torrey Pines State Beach! Every time I visit, I notice different aspects of nature, such as spectacular rock formations, pelicans flying overhead solo or in groups, the magnificent waves crashing, high and low tides, people strolling & jogging, children playing with pails and shovels, sand castles being built, etc.

It always invigorates me to walk to my special “rock” and back which is about 5000 steps!

I have an annual California State Park Visitors Pass.

(It’s a terrific value if you frequent California State Parks).

Today I ventured out to grab some sunshine and walk briskly before an evening meeting.

As always, I was captivated by the sights, sounds, & scents surrounding me.

I snapped several photos and invite you to revisit my wonderful time!

A pair of pelicans !
Pelican Prepping to Fly!
Pelican Prepping to Fly!
Pelicans Perched atop Rocks...on Land and Sea
Pelicans Perched atop Rocks…on Land and Sea
A Pair of Pelicans with Different Opinions
A Pair of Pelicans with Different Opinions
Pelican with Seagull, Edited with Picasa
Pelican with Seagull, Edited with Picasa
One More Pelican with Seagull Edited with Picasa!
One More Pelican with Seagull Edited with Picasa!

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


San Diego Musical Theatre Presents IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS!

Want to get into the holiday spirit?

SDMT Irving Berlin's White Christmas Principal Cast:  Left to right:  Todd DuBail as Bob Wallace,   Allison Spratt Pearce as Betty Haynes,  Jeffrey Scott Parsons as Phil Davis &  Tro Shaw as Judy Haynes . Photo by Ken Jacques.
SDMT Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Principal Cast, 2014:
Left to right:
Todd DuBail as Bob Wallace,
Allison Spratt Pearce as Betty Haynes,
Jeffrey Scott Parsons as Phil Davis &
Tro Shaw as Judy Haynes. Photo by Ken Jacques

San Diego Musical Theatre's Irving Berlin's White Christmas

San Diego Musical Theatre’s Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Photo:

 San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) Presents their highly acclaimed, holiday tradition for the third year in a row, “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” December 11-21 at the North Park Theatre. This is SDMT’s final show of the 2014 “Season of Musicals” at the North Park Theatre.

There is one preview on Thursday, December 11. Press Opening Night is Friday, December 12 and the production continues until Sunday, December 21. More info below!

A few interesting facts!:

* 2014 is the 60th anniversary of the film “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney

* 2014 is the 10th Anniversary of the stage premiere of “White Christmas” in San Francisco in 2004

* San Diego’s Allison Spratt Pearce (SDMT’s Maria in “The Sound of Music”)  plays Betty Haynes in SDMT’s IBWC and many in the ensemble and character roles live in San Diego area.

* SDMT’s “You Give, We Give” fundraising campaign: 10% of donations raised at the White Christmas at the North Park Theatre will go to Resounding Joy! The Military Music Therapy program, better known as Semper Sound, which works directly with returning military service members and veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, substance abuse and other physical and psychological diagnoses related to combat stress and trauma.

* There will be a free holiday craft project before the show for the kids at White Christmas matinees on Saturday, December 13 & 20 at 2:00 p.m. or Sunday, December 14 & 21 at 2:00 p.m., Those interested need to call (858-560-5740) to reserve a spot for their child, as space is limited. Children 16 years and younger can take advantage of a $10 ticket discount!



*Here’s the video montage:



Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaption features seventeen Irving Berlin songs, played by a live 22 piece orchestra! Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army Commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. White Christmas is back! Make it a holiday tradition in your family!


Production Team:  Director: Todd Nielsen; Choreography: Lisa Hopkins; Re-Staging of Choreography: Keenon Hooks; Musical Director: Don LeMaster;  Lighting Designer: Matt Novotny; Costume Coordinator: Janet Pitcher; Stage Manager: Kendra Stockton* (Equity).

WHITE CHRISTMAS CAST (* Member of Actors Equity Association):

TODD DUBAIL* (Bob Wallace) is excited to be performing in San Diego again, after moving from here to NYC in 1994.  A big thank you to SDMT for making that happen!  National tours: Joseph … (Pharaoh, with Patrick Cassidy & Jon Secada), Grease (Danny, with Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker & Fabian), Leader Of The Pack and Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley & Carl Anderson).  Regional credits include: Starlight Express (Greaseball), Aladdin (Kassim), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), Little Shop Of Horrors (Orin, et al.), Crazy For You (Lank), All Shook Up (Chad), Guys And Dolls (Sky Masterson), Tarzan (Clayton), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hairspray (Corny Collins), The Thing About Men (Sebastian), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Romance, Romance (Alfred/Sam), Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), and Cabaret (Cliff).  Thanks to his amazing family, friends and JJS for their love and unwavering support.  Mr. DuBail is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

ALLISON SPRATT PEARCE* (Betty Haynes) was last seen at SDMT as Maria in The Sound of Music. Credits include: Broadway-Curtains, Cry Baby and Good Vibrations. National tour: Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Recent: Jane in Emma, Phoebe in As You Like It, Viola in Twelfth Night at The Old Globe, Victoria in Sideways at The La Jolla Playhouse and Debbie in Old Jews Telling Jokes at The Lyceum. Allison has a mid-Atlantic AAA commercial running and coaches privately and with MTCA. She also has a duet group, Basso e Voce for special events. This Spring she will be Eliza in My Fair Lady at Cygnet. BFA-Elon University & MFA-USD/Old Globe.

JEFFREY SCOTT PARSONS* (Phil Davis) is grateful White Christmas has become a San Diego tradition! SDMT audiences have seen him as Phil Davis for the past two years as well as Skimbleshanks in Cats earlier this season. Other San Diego credits include Romance/Romance and Dames at Sea (North Coast Rep), Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Bobby Child in Crazy for You (Moonlight Amphitheatre), and Malcolm in The Full Monty (Welk Resort). As a member of Musical Theatre Guild in Los Angeles he was most recently seen as Agis in Triumph of Love. Member of Actors Equity. Love to the fam and Happy Holidays! www.jeffreyscottparsons

TRO SHAW* (Judy Haynes) is thrilled to be making her SDMT debut in this amazing production.  Notable credits include Broadway’s West Side Story (Anybodys); Geffen Playhouse’s Rapture, Blister, Burn (u/s Avery); Norris Center’s White Christmas (Judy Haynes); La Mirada’s Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (Sarah); and Utah Shakes’ The Matchmaker (Minnie Fay). Special thanks to Todd, Erin and Gary for making this an amazing experience.  Thanks also to Simon for the limitless support.  Ms. Shaw hails from Berkeley, CA and holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University.

Additional Cast:

Joy Allen, Jeni Baker, Amy Beth Batchelor, Philip Cobb, William Cobb, Crystal Davidson, Janie d’Avignon, Karla Franko, John Gamboa, Max Gidaley, Siri Hafso, Danny Hansen, Kyle Hawk, April Henry, Ed Hollingsworth, Allison Knight, Andrew Koslow, Danielle Levas, Paul Morgavo, Joy Newbegin, Jeremy Shull, Claire Scheper, Doug Schmitt, Debra Wanger and John Wescott.


Single tickets for SDMT’s production of WHITE CHRISTMAS are $42.00, $52.00, $62.00 and $72.00. Children 16 and under save $10. There are discounts for Seniors and Students. Equity and Actor’s Alliance may purchase up to 2 tickets at half price. Group discounts for parties of 10 or more are available by calling the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. For individual tickets contact the Administrative Office at 858-560-5740 or visit SDMT online at


SCHEDULE: WHITE CHRISTMAS show times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


LOCATION: The North Park Theatre, 2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. There is street parking and a parking structure across the street from the theatre.


For more information and tickets call the San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office at 858-560-5740. The San Diego Musical Theatre Administrative Office is located at 4652 Mercury Street, San Diego, CA 92111. Box Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed from 1pm-2pm), Monday through Thursday. Open 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fridays.

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at the historic SPRECKELS THEATRE on Broadway

West Side Story – February 13-March 1;  Director James Vasquez

Singin’ In The Rain – May 27-June 7; Director Todd Nielsen  

La Cage Aux Folles – September 25-October 11;  Director Larry Raben

White Christmas – November 27-December 6; Director Todd Nielsen
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