Category Archives: San Diego

Early November in San Elijo Lagoon

I arrived at noon just as the mist rolled in from the ocean Soon the sun broke through again lighting up the Dodder plants growing over vegetation. I noticed a shorebird below me on the edge of the water.  I got … Continue reading

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Early Fall in San Elijo

It is Fall in San Elijo Lagoon, and the Egrets are still hunting Colors are changing and the Marsh looks beautiful Lizards bask in the sun Lorquin’s Admiral butterflies are still to be seen lazily making their way over the vegetation … Continue reading

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Green Katydid on the Road

I found a slightly stunned Katydid on the street. It looked fine but was missing half an Antenna and not moving. I carefully picked it up and put it on a table in the garden.  I took photographs as it … Continue reading

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Our new Lagoon Jellies

I took some video of our new Lagoon Jellies last night. They are so graceful. They are about the size of a quarter and found in saltwater lakes and bays in the Indio Pacific. They can feed by ingesting plankton … Continue reading

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Nature is Everywhere

Over the weekend I spent a few minutes searching my postage-stamp of a yard for the wildlife that is there but often overlooked.  I do not mean just the birds or the large butterflies that pass through, but also the … Continue reading

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Unlikely Ocean Relatives

Not all gelatinous, transparent animals floating in the ocean are jellies.  Some of the most fascinating of these animals are actually tunicates called Salps. This means they are Chordates and are more closely related to me than to jellies!  They … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Summer in San Elijo Lagoon: Raccoons

Even in the heat and silence of mid-day there is a surprising amount of activity on the short loop trail by the Visitor Center at San Elijo Lagoon.  Some birds are busy collecting food for their young. Lizards are out … Continue reading

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Black Jellies

The mysterious Black Jellies are back in the news. These large maroon colored jellies are turning up every Summer on Southern California beaches in recent years. Before 1989 they were rarely seen and were not scientifically described until 1997! This … Continue reading

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Beautiful Desert Near San Diego

In the hills above Ramona in San Diego County lies beautiful desert country.  I went for a walk there last weekend.  It was hot and and still even in the early morning.  Lovely vistas of Chaparral and bare boulders.  The … Continue reading

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