February 2018 started out with a beach walk in Ocean Beach. I began my walk on the designated trails next to Smiley Lagoon.
I thought it would be nice to see the lagoon from the opposite side of my usual visits there.
I was grateful for the synchronicity and opportunities of a low tide. I saw some small fish in an isolated pool of water stranded until the tide returned.
I hoped to get out as far as I could to get more closeup shots of some of the birds in the lagoon and the estuary. I saw several folks where I would like to be for the photos, so my hopes were high. All my hope quickly dissipated when I found myself in sticky mud and did not want to venture past that point. I think I realized the tide would probably get to me quicker than I could get back to a safe spot. I wrapped up my walk on the trails here and headed back to the surf at Dog Beach. I headed down the beach for a nice walk past the jetties and onward to the pier.
The tide was still low allowing for quality time under the pier and in the tidal pools. I had fun exploring and taking in the diversity and beauty of nature. I walked back to the car enjoying the last bit of my journey to Ocean Beach that day. For more images from this day visit my Ocean Beach page.
February 6th and 7th were workdays for me in Mission Valley. I like to get some exercise in with walks along the river before work. When inspiration strikes I get in some photography as well. I don’t always take the camera on my walks. I do like to enjoy nature and walking without the added photography work. Of course, I usually happen to see something (like the Double-crested Cormorant pictured below) that I would have loved to photograph. Most of the time I do choose to take the camera as I did on these two days.
On the 6th I saw the cormorant above and various other birds such as the American Coot, Common Moorhen, and Gadwalls shown here.
Grateful to have my camera with me on February 7th for my walk along the river. I snapped a few shots of a hummingbird, several images of Black-crowned night heron, and a Nuttall’s Woodpecker. You’ll find the galleries and images from this shoot and more on my Mission Valley page.
On the 8th of February I decided to venture up the coast to San Elijo Lagoon at Cardiff for a nature and photography walk. You can see the rest of the images on my San Elijo Lagoon page.
For the rest of my journey to north county I decided to make a short stop at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas. For more here’s a link to my Encinitas photography page.
I wanted to go one more place to capture images and take another nature walk. Always a favorite, my final spot for the day was Famosa Slough. The time was good for the light and the slough is great for nature photography. Waterfowl and other birds that visit Famosa Slough are always a treat for me. I love watching, identifying, and photographing the diversity of birds at this location.
The 9th of February I thought it would be nice to take a walk and explore more of the trails at Marian R. Bear Natural Park. On my visit last year I only ventured the trails on the west side of Clairemont Drive. I started on the East side of Clairemont Drive this time. After a bit of walking along the San Clemente Creek and a few of the canyon trails I decided to go back to the other side. It was a warm day for February. I found that the east side of the park here was dry, warm, and mostly still winter dormant. I discovered the west side was completely opposite. It was shady, moist and green. The temperature was several degrees cooler, the landscape was springing forth with greenery and looking more like a springtime forest. Nasturtiums were about to bloom on this side of the park. It was interesting to see how dramatically the terrain can change the micro climate from one section of the canyon to the next.
After leaving Marian Bear I found myself venturing back to Famosa Slough. My timing was similar to the previous day with the light. One more short walk and a few bird photos completed my desire for exercise and adventure that day. I love the joy that being in nature brings and the opportunities it provides to express my creative nature.
I did more nature walks along my usual haunts such as San Diego River and Famosa Slough for the remainder of the month. I also ventured out around San Diego Bay with stops at Pepper Park in National City and Bayside Park In Chula Vista and Shoreline Park on Shelter Island. I did not take photos in National City. Image and text links for those dates and locations are shown next followed by published and revised pages.
February 14th, 2018
February 18th, 2018
Chula Vista 91910
Chula Vista Bay Front Park
Chula Vista Marina View Park
February 19th, 2018
February 24th, 2018
Multiple pages have been published for February. See the image links below.
The image above is from 2018 at Famosa Slough. The images for Famosa Slough in 2017 have been moved to the newly published page. The image below is of Famosa Slough in 2017 and links to the new page.