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And don't come back!

And don’t come back!

Picture of the Moment

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I’m really having a lot of fun with all of my uncatalogued pictures.

And don't come back!

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Scenes from the beach

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Two of my favorite beaches in San Diego are Imperial Beach and Ocean Beach. Here are some scenes:

Ocean public art indicates we’re getting close!

Public art

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As do street utility boxes

Street utility box at the beach

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Street utility box at the beach

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Street utility box at the beach

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Even the sidewalks are beachy.

Sidewalk at the beach

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Houses near the beach.

House near the beach

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House near the beach

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Surfing is a big pastime.

Surf's up!

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Surf's up!

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We’re there!

The beach

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The beach

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Public art at the beach

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Beach house

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Boats at the beach

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The beach

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The beach

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Fishing is allowed from the pier since it’s a “fishing pier.”
Not from in the waters or on the beach, though.

The pier at the beach

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No fishing in the surf zone

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My wise old grandmother taught me to share,
so I passed by this drinking fountain:

My wise old grandmother taught me to share

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The pier’s restaurant is a relaxed place to eat with the best view.

IMG_4647 framed

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The Tin Fish

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Until tomorrow.

Goodbye to the beach!

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

There are times when it’s okay to be selfish!

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I’m a big fan of the smaller mom & pop nurseries. They tend to be more personal and have quite an interesting assortment of plants, garden ornaments, sculptures, and water fountains that the bigger nurseries don’t carry.

One of my favorite nurseries is Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, in the Cedros Avenue Design District.

Cedros Avenue Design District in Encinitas, California

Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens always has unique plants that I rarely find anywhere else, such as Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia sp.):

Aristolochia sp. (Dutchman's pipe)

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Other than the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, which really isn’t a plant nursery, Cedros Gardens is the only place in San Diego County that I’ve found various Proteas, Banksias, Grevilleas, and related plants for sale!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Their unique water fountains, and how many they have, are unparalleled:

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If you like to decorate your gardens with art and sculpture, they have plenty of that!

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Here is a 1:18 video of Cedros Gardens:

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There is some of everything, and something for everyone, at Cedros Gardens! And who can possibly pass by knowing that they have their own basket cat?

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Stop by Cedros Gardens, 330 South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, California, and pick up something for your children, or your parents (great gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!), or your spouse…. Heck, be selfish and get something for yourself…. There are times when it’s okay to be selfish! I still have to recommend getting something for your family first, though, just to help keep peace in the world.

Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach, California

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Young flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

Looks mighty uncomfortable

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When Zoey the Cool Cat gets into some of her contorted positions to take a nap, I often wonder just how comfortable it can be.

Seems other creatures also like to get into awkward positions that look mighty uncomfortable:

Young flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

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That’s a young flamingo from last year’s brood.

The flamingos at the Zoo are busy building their nests for this year’s brood.

Here are a bunch of nests from last year:

Flamingo nests at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

Intelligent life, and it’s not in the halls of Congress

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I’m pretty much a believer in the intelligence of wildlife.

I think they are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for.

In fact, maybe man’s simply not intelligent enough to understand what all these other creatures that we share the Earth with are actually thinking.

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) at the San Diego Zoo is a great example.

I stood and watched it for almost an hour the other day.

Interestingly, I didn’t connect with it— or did I? An hour with it? — until I got home and saw the pictures I had taken:

Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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Secretary Bird at the San Diego Zoo

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The Secretary Bird is a Vulnerable species from Africa. It is related to buzzards and vultures but is the only species in the family Sagittariidae. It gets as tall as four feet with an 87-inch (7¼ feet!) wingspan. They spend most of their time on the ground although roosting in acacia trees.

Adult birds hunt mostly in pairs but sometimes in a loose familial flock. They discover prey by stomping on clumps of vegetation or waiting near wildfires and capturing anything trying to escape. They are known to stomp on their prey until it is stunned or unconscious enough to swallow, and there are unconfirmed reports that they know which snakes are venomous, capturing them, taking flight, and then dropping those snakes to their death before making a meal of them.

Now tell me these birds aren’t intelligent!

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Lake Poway

Do not touch the water!

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I find it interesting that of the many lakes in San Diego County, not a single one is natural. All are water reservoirs for thirsty Southern Californians living in San Diego County.

I also find it interesting that people are not allowed to swim in the lakes, more properly called reservoirs, nor even make contact with the water. Everything that I’ve read indicates that it has to do with water quality. But here’s what I don’t understand: Why are boats allowed on the reservoirs? Quite frankly, I’d rather drink water that has had people swimming in it than water that has had a boat, especially a motorboat spouting gas fumes, leaking gas, and leaking oil, in it, not to mention all the fish and birds in the water. More relevant, though, is the fact that the water is purified before we drink it. So what really gives?

One of the nicest reservoirs in the area is Lake Poway:

Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway

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Lake Poway map

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Plantus unknownii

Architecture, designs, and landscaping by Mother and Father Nature

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A selection of pictures from the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Architecture, designs, and landscaping by Mother and Father Nature.

Cork Oak (Quercus suber)
The primary source of cork for wine bottle stoppers and cork flooringCork oak

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AloeAloe

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Plantus unknowniiPlantus unknownii

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Bamboo
The Garden has the largest selection
of bamboo groves in the United StatesBamboo

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Berryus unknowniusBerryus unknownius

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Nest-building BirdNestbuilding Bird

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Flowerus unknowniiFlowerus unknownii

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Dinner Plate Fig (Ficus dammaropsis)Dinner Plate Fig

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Banana (top)Banana top

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Banana (bottom)Banana bottom

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Unknown flowersUnknown flowers

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Ficus tree and staghorn fernsFicus tree and staghorn ferns

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AeoniumAeonium

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Probable Sedum or JadeA sedum or jade

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Peas In PodsPeas

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Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium sp.)Bird's Nest Fern

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Cactus FlowersCactus

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Leafus unknowniusLeafus unknownii

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Seed PodsSeed pods

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EpiphyteEpiphyte

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Fire SticksFire Sticks

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BottlebrushBottlebrush

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Spent Protea BlossomSpent Protea Blossom

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Unknown Protea or Grevillea FlowersUnknown Protea or Grevillea

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Dragon Tree (Dracaena cinnabari)Dragon Tree

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