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Who are you and what are you doing here?

Out & About

This morning I took my new Tamron 150-600mm lens out to the the most southwesterly point in the lower 48 states. I visited Border Field State Park, International Park (where there were great views of the border wall which was built here a decade ago), Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Tijuana River County Open Space, and Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. Lots of interesting sights, and some of the Border Patrol agents thought I was an interesting sight…………….

Over at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve I saw a couple of wild dogs. All by themselves (it was 6:45 a.m.). They were quite afraid of me but with my lens I was able to follow them for quite a distance. They knew where they were going. Sadly, the bushes and grasses prevented me from getting any good pictures of those two.

Later on, over somewhere in International Park, I came across a feral cat. All alone out in the wilderness. Very pretty but very afraid of me. I used every mm of that 600mm to get two pictures, and as I got closer s/he quickly took off into the cover of the bushes and trees.

Feral cat, Tijuana estuary, San Diego CA

Feral cat, Tijuana estuary, San Diego CA

I think I caught her taking a cat nap in the first picture but the shutter noise woke her up. Look how big those eyes got in the second picture, like, “Who are you and what are you doing here?”

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The most southwestern point in the continental United States

Out & About

When the real estate bubble burst around 2008 and everyone decided to stay home on staycations, I decided to stay, too.

I set out to explore everything that San Diego County had to offer.

That was when I first discovered the most southwestern point in the continental United States.

It’s called Border Field State Park.

Border Field State Park in San Diego County, CaliforniaPictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Border Field State Park makes the local headlines quite often because it is the only place where U.S. and Mexican families that are separated by fences and walls can go say hello to each other…. But only during certain times, and when those times are announced, headlines are made!

Border Field State Park in San Diego County, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Road and safety conditions change frequently, and the vehicle gate is closed Monday through Friday. Other weird things…. Here is a great gateway web site to Border Field State Park.

On a recent trip to Border Field, I found a new fence. Looks like this (click on picture for a huger version):

Fence at Border Field State Park, Imperial Beach, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The dohickeys hanging on the fence are mosaics created by schoolchildren throughout the area and feature wildlife that can be found at Border Field State Park. Here are some close-ups of the mosaics:

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

There are a great number of horse rental businesses in the area, and I can highly recommend a horse ride to the beach where you can actually ride the horse ON the beach, the only place in San Diego County where you can do that.

Border Field State Park in San Diego County, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Tijuana River and estuary

A collection of pictures from the most southwestern point in the continental U.S.

Out & About San Diego

 

The most southwestern part of the United States is not a city. Instead, it’s a huge natural area comprising Border Field State Park, International Park, Tijuana River County Open Space Preserve, and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve:

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It’s a great place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Recently I went birding down there. Here is a small collection of pictures from my trip that I don’t really know what to do with so they are going in my “don’t know what to do with” folder.

Dead branches

Dead branches


 

Marsh grasses

Marsh grasses


 

Dirt path

Dirt path


 

Pelicans in the marsh and Mexico in the background

Pelicans in the marsh and Mexico in the background


 

Egret in the Tijuana River

Egret in the Tijuana River


 

Tijuana River and estuary

Tijuana River and estuary


 

Tijuana River and estuary

Tijuana River and estuary


 

A study in (natural) black and white photography

A study in (natural) black and white photography


 

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