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Out & About—The San Diego Jetty

Out & About San Diego

Once a month I go out to the San Diego Jetty to see how the feral cat colony there is doing. We old timers call them the Jetty Cats.

San Diego jetty

San Diego jetty

Feral cats on the San Diego jetty

The Jetty is a great place to see beautiful sunsets because there always is something to put in the picture to add interest to the sunset. It’s also a great place to go for a walk, as so many people do.

Following are some pictures from my trip to the Jetty in August, featuring everything except the Jetty Cats, although a few can be seen in these pictures. The Jetty Cats will be featured in Saturday’s post since tomorrow is Friday Flower Fiesta day.

Sentinel SeagullSentinel Seagull

Dogs at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach,
across the San Diego River from the
San Diego Jetty and the Jetty Cats.Dogs on Dog Beach in Ocean Beach across from the San Diego Jetty

Throw it already!A woman and her dog

The San Diego Jetty is an active fishing area.
Sadly, that means the some fisherpeople leave
fishing line behind which the birds often get
entangled in, quite often losing a leg. This juvenile
already has to go through the rest of its life with just one leg.One-legged bird at the San Diego Jetty

It’s probably too late for this bird’s leg.
You can see the scar where the fishing line
was wrapped around the bird’s leg.
Bird with an injured leg at San Diego Jetty

There are quite a few cormorants and pelicans.
The cormorants are relative new visitors to the Jetty.
Cormorant at the San Diego Jetty

Pelican and sunset at the San Diego Jetty

The Jetty might be the only place where the birds are bigger than the cats,
and the cats have no interest in trying to catch those birds.Cats and a seagull at the San Diego Jetty

Bird mug shots.
I love it when wildlife cooperates with me.
Seagull mug shot at the San Diego Jetty

Seagull mug shot at the San Diego Jetty

ImpostorCats and skunk at the San Diego Jetty

Yes, there is a family of skunks that lives right alongside the Jetty Cats.
Neither the cats nor the skunks seem to care but it does make it
interesting when people like me show up to leave a little water and food.Skunk at the San Diego Jetty
Skunk at the San Diego Jetty
Skunk at the San Diego Jetty

Bushy tails.Skunks at the San Diego Jetty
Skunk at the San Diego Jetty

Tour boat coming back in at sunset.Tour boat at the San Diego Jetty

Wrong side of the fenceWrong side of the fence

Into the sunsetOff into the sunset

Coming up tomorrow: Friday Flower Fiesta. The Jetty Cats will have their own feature on Saturday!

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Picture of the Moment—Run! He wants to put us on Facebook! Run!

Picture of the Moment

I like to get action pictures of wildlife. That was difficult until recently. I bought a Tamron 150-600 mm lens and replaced my 9-year-old Tamron 28-300 mm lens with a Tamron 18-300 mm. The 18-300 is my daily walkaround lens although the 150-600 is always in the trunk of the car. The 18-300 is best for outdoor spontaneous action because it is lighter and focuses faster. The 150-600 is best for getting through wire fences such as those which surround many enclosures at the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, SeaWorld, Lions Tigers & Bears, Discovery Nature Center, and others.

Following is one of my best action pictures ever, taken at the San Diego Jetty while I was visiting the Jetty Cats feral colony.

Run! He wants to put us on Facebook! Run!Seagulls running

Many decades ago I was reading an interview with a photographer from National Geographic magazine. One of the questions concerned how he got such great shots of wildlife. His answer was that he always focused on the eyes. If he did that, everything else would fall into place.

I focused on the eyes of that first seagull, but by the time I pushed the shutter button, the birds had moved so that it looks like I focused on the eye of the second seagull because it’s just ever so slightly more in focus. I was about 50 feet from these birds and the picture metadata shows a shutter speed of 1/250, which is why I got such good motion in the wings and legs. It was taken with the 150-600 lens but the focal length was 150 and the f/stop was 5.0.

I will have more pictures in the next few days of wildlife from the San Diego Jetty, including, of course, the Jetty Cats.

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The Sea Lion Dance

Out & About

Photographic Art stamps based on pictures of the wildlife at La Jolla Cove this past Monday.

Seagulls at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Wading bird at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Pelican at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Pelican at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Cormorants at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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Sea lion at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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I love the little girl dancing for the sea lions in the last picture. I’ll call it the Sea Lion Dance.

I’ll end with another sunset picture from Monday’s trip to La Jolla:

Sunset at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California

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La Jolla is a great place to visit at any time. The tide pools and beaches are more accessible during low tides, and the there seem to be more wildlife, probably due to the sea creatures stranded in the tide pools.

You can find tide schedules here: La Jolla tides.

The best place to see the tide pools is at Rocky Point, shown on the map below.

Parking throughout La Jolla, especially during Tourist Season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), is scarce so be prepared to drive around for a while looking for a parking spot or park the first place you see a spot and walk to Scripps Park. A walk through downtown La Jolla is a great experience all on its own!rocky point la jolla map

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It’s cute and adorable

Picture of the Moment

It’s no secret that most people put seagulls into categories such as “common bird,” “pesky bird,” “irritating bird,” “noisy bird,” and “go away bird.” Maybe others that I’m not familiar with.

When I went up to La Jolla recently to see Hillary Clinton, I spent some time walking around taking pictures. It’s a beautiful area, as you can see here:

La Jolla Cove panorama, La Jolla, California

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

I came across a seagull which obviously was on a nest:

Seagull on a nest

I didn’t want to disturb it but I was hoping that it would stand up and let me see the egg since I have never seen a seagull egg.

I found a large rock to sit on, about four feet from it, and sat, and sat, and sat, and sat…. all the while encouraging it to stand up and take a break so I could see the egg.

After what seemed like forever, it obliged.

Seagull egg

Several other gulls came over while it was standing….

not sure what that was about….

but it left the egg in my care and went to chase the other gulls off.

Seagull egg

After a couple of minutes, it came back, thanked me for taking care of its egg, and went back to work.

Seagull on a nest

I left by a different route from which I had come in, and saw a result of all the hard work those seagulls do:

Seagull chick

Aren’t they cute? Do you see the second chick sitting in the foreground?

They look like the spots from the eggs rubbed off on them.

Moral of this post: Take time to enjoy all that is around you, even the common stuff, because sometimes it’s so cute and adorable.

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Lake Murray

“But Judge…. Everyone else was doing it, too!”

Out & About San Diego

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About a mile from me is Lake Murry.

Lake Murray

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I go there for a late afternoon walk; it’s a beautiful place.

Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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It’s fun to watch the children and the wildlife.

Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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In the second picture, notice that the little girl’s eyes are closed as she’s reaching out to that whatever-it-is bird (avian101?)

Recently two new signs showed up at the Lake:

Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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In California, parents are responsible for the actions of their juvenile children, but wouldn’t you like to see the Officer who arrests the parents of that little girl for feeding that whatever-it-is bird? Viral video here we come….

Besides, who can resist feeding these creatures of Mother and Father Nature?

Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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Lake Murray

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 Wonder what these two pigeons are saying about the new signs:

Lake Murray

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I’m sure when I show the Judge this picture, s/he’ll let me off:

Lake Murray

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Of course, if s/he’s a Judge who rules on the law, I’m sunk. I’ll be back after serving my jail time and paying my $20,000 fine.

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My first…. and second, too!

Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

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I have been on this Earth as Russel Ray for about 57 years, 2 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days. I have lived and worked along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida, as well as along the Great Lakes, and the Atlantic Ocean in Pennsylvania, and the Pacific Ocean in San Diego and San Francisco. I have seen a lot of water birds, like gulls. Today I saw my first gull nest…. and my second, too!

Gull nest

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Gull nest

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California gull having his say

I speak, you listen

Gene Riemenschneider, real estate agent with Home Point Real Estate in Brentwood, CaliforniaThis post is dedicated to Gene Riemenschneider, a real estate agent with Home Point Real Estate in Brentwood, California. I have known Gene for several years through a real estate professional networking site and highly recommend him for anyone buying or selling a home in the East San Francisco Bay area. If he can’t help you in your special locale, I’m sure he can refer you to someone (almost) as good as he is.

Dedications are my way of trying to provide a little extra Google juice for people I have come to know and respect over the years.

Out & About San Diego

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I live fourteen miles from the Pacific Ocean. There are many play areas along San Diego’s 70 miles of ocean coastline but one of my favorites is Mission Bay Park, specifically Quivira Basin:

Mission Bay Park in San Diego, California

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I have found that Quivira Basin is the best place to go either at sunrise or sunset to find the great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets, brown pelicans, the occasional seal and sea lion, and, of course, the ubiquitous California gull.

When I went by yesterday at sunset, there was a California gull — I named him Mister Sentry — sitting on the top of a truck at the entrance to the parking lot:

California gull

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I had to park at the end of the parking lot from Mister Sentry, but he was still there when I walked out of the parking lot. Since he was being photogenic, I decided to see how close I could get to him. As I got closer to Mister Sentry, he started talking to me:

California gull having his say

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California gull having his say

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California gull having his say

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I have no idea what he was saying, but I can imagine….

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