A Guided Walk Around San Elijo

Last Saturday I went for a guided walk on the Rios Trail at San Elijo Lagoon. I wanted to learn more about some of the habitats surrounding the lagoon. The docent leading the walk was very knowledgeable and I learnt a lot.

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Harlequin Bug at San Elijo

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Looking out over the lagoon before the walk

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Desert Elderberry

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Datura or Jimson Weed

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Squirrel gorging on Lemonade Berry

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Lemonade Berry

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Many plants like this Sage – as well as Sagebrush – go dormant during the hot summer months – but they still retain their wonderful aromatic scent.

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Varieties of insect galls

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Silver Argiope Spider

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Salty Susan Plant

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Saltgrass

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Alkali Heath

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Pickleweed

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Salty Dodder

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Fiddler Crab

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Three photographs of a Fiddler Crab waving its large right claw

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Sand Aster  – probably the endangered Del Mar Sand Aster

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Cassin’s Kingbird

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Cochineal – scale insect  – when squashed produces red liquid – used in the Americas as a red dye for centuries.

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5 Responses to A Guided Walk Around San Elijo

  1. That bug’s a colourful fellow. MM 🐞

  2. Rose Klix says:

    Wow! I sometimes forget what a wonderfully beautiful world we live in. It’s especially great to see your professional photographs of the landscape scenes and the close-ups of the insect world. Thank you for showing me the world through your naturalist eyes.

  3. Pingback: San Elijo Lagoon | Travel Monkey

  4. Love that squirrel! – Oh, and the Harlequin Bug
    David

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