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

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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Osprey Perched at Torrey Pines State Beach- August 4, 2015

Somehow, during the past few years, I have become an avid bird watcher,

particularly at Torrey Pines State Beach.

I am always amazed at seeing Ospreys.

I’ve seen them perched high and also on the beach with prey.

I ‘m not sure how many are at Torrey Pines State Beach, but I have seen this one lately.

Today it was perched above “Flat Rock” and it flew towards other rocks.

Take a gander at this beautiful osprey.

Snapped with my Nikon Coolpix L830 and edited in Picasa.

 

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Osprey. Photo by SJF Communications http://www.sjfcommunications.com 8.4.2015

 

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Osprey. Photo by SJF Communications http://www.sjfcommunications.com 8.4.2015

 

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Osprey. Photo by SJF Communications http://www.sjfcommunications.com 8.4.2015

 

Here are a few more photos from today! Feel free to click on each one to see it larger.

 

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A Proposal Atop a Cliff at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Beach!

 

You never know what you’ll find or stumble upon at Torrey Pines State Beach!

Today was no exception.

What a joy it was to spot some cool “raked” writing in the sand and discover it was a marriage proposal…in POLISH!

(What a joy it always is to have my camera in hand as well)!

It took a small village to plan and make today happen.

I asked the two guys on the beach (Gino and Dan) who had just finished “raking” the proposal for their friend/co-workers Nathan and his soon to be fiance, Catherine (who is Polish).

It said (in Polish), “Catherine, will you marry me?” in the sand.

Here’s a quick video!

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And a photo of the Proposal!

Nathan's Proposal for Catherine in Polish  in the sand
Nathan’s Proposal for Catherine in Polish in the sand

 

Plus an extra added bonus, they made a giant heart  in the sand as well. I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the heart!

Heart in  the  Sand
Heart in the Sand

 

 I was so captivated by the soon-to-be joyous (hopefully) occasion, that I offered to help keep beach strollers away from the masterpiece and photograph the “event” from below.

I told passersby why we were “diverting” them. It was really cool. The excitement was building. Everyone was smiling Where was the couple??

They were  going to be atop a cliff up above from where the proposal was etched!

The Proposal Cliff!
The Proposal Cliff!

The guys said that their friend, Nathan who was proposing to Catherine, had planned the exact spot up top and on the beach below.

Another friend, Scott, was waiting up above, concealed by the bushes. He was going to snap photos of the magic moment. Hopefully we’ll get a few later from Scott and I can add them to this post!

I took a few more pics of the cliff above.

We waited for about 15-20 minutes.

And then…We spotted Nathan and Catherine! Like little “ants”!

Another view of the Cliff
Another view of the Cliff with Nathan and Catherine  atop the cliff!

 

I zoomed it from the beach!  Here’s Nathan Proposing to Catherine! Soon we were all cheering and clapping!

Nathan Proposing to Catherine!
Nathan Proposing to Catherine!

 

 One more photo of Nathan and Catherine from the beach!

Nathan Proposing to Catherine! ! Photo by SJF Communications
Nathan Proposing to Catherine!

 

 

 And here are Dan and Gino, celebrating the success of the proposal writing mission!

Dan and Gino: Beach Mission Accomplished!
Dan and Gino: Beach Mission Accomplished! Photo by SJF Communications

 UPDATE! 4/28/15 7:36 p.m.

I just heard from Scott Mahoney, who took some great photos of the couple from above at the cliff!

Here they are! (Click on each photo to make it larger)!

Incidentally, you can find more of Scott’s Photos on his Instagram Account  (@srmphotography)

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography
Photo by Scott Mahoney, SRM Photography

 

  Congrats to Nathan and Catherine for many happy years ahead together!

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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!

A Few Favorite “Finds” on Torrey Pines State Beach 3.17.15

A few “finds” from our walk today on Torrey Pines State Beach. Left to right, top to bottom: The majestic rock and clouds, a “beached” seal (that we reported to the ranger), several dolphins enjoying the Pacific Ocean, a round rock atop a rock, a couple of seagulls not talking to each other anymore, and a rock that resembled a “heart”.  Spectacular! Plus my friend and I walked about 6000 steps! Photos (snapped w/Nikon Coolpix L830 & edited in Picasa) by Susan Farese, SJF Communications

 

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Collage at Torrey Pines State Beach 3.17.15

Torrey Pines State Reserve & Beach Hike: Magnificent Nature (Even a Drone)!

 

 

This morning I enjoyed a wonderful hike with my friend Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve. We walked up the hill from the parking lot. (Usually $12/day, but for locals like us, it pays to buy a “California Explorer” Annual Pass which gives access to California State Parks).

Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve
Looking North West from Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

A lone Torrey Pines tree at Torrey PInes State Reserve

Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Lone Tree at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We spotted a “Scrub Jay” blue bird

Scrub Jay  in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Scrub Jay in Tree at at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 We both admired the beautiful Pacific Ocean views from atop the cliffs

Susan at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

Ninon at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

We admired several rock formations

Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Susan admiring Rock Formations at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 

 And savored the gorgeous ocean views from atop the cliffs

Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean
Cliffs Overlooking the Beautiful Pacific Ocean

 We finally made it to the view of Flat Rock!

Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve
Flat Rock at Torrey Pines State Reserve

  We took the beach trail and observed several wild yellow, and orange flowers blooming.

 

 

The trail led us to gorgeous majestic views of the blue-green hued Pacific Ocean. Then we took the steps down to Torrey Pines State Beach below.

View of La Jolla at Torrey Pines State Reserve
View of Flat Rock & La Jolla in the Distance at Torrey Pines State Reserve

 Then lo and behold…all of a sudden, as we ventured down the steps to Torrey Pines State Beach, we spotted a DRONE in the sky!

JIm Gleason's Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach
JIm Gleason’s Drone in the Sky at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

 Here’s a short video of the drone landing!

 Which led us to meet “Droner” Jim Gleason, a freelance videographer, originally from San Diego but visiting from Austria with his wife Camille, who is a Scientist with Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

Jim told us about his drone, a DJI Phantom 2 H3-3d combo which costs approximately $1000, along with his Go-Pro (approximately $300),

plus an installed video downlink system all through Aerial Media Pros.

Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim Gleason with his Drone at Torrey Pines State Beach

 Jim and Camille Gleason

Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach
Jim and Camille Gleason at Torrey Pines State Beach

 All in all, a fun morning hiking at Torrey Pines State Reserve and Torrey PInes State Beach!

Here’s a gallery of more photos from today!

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!

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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!