tcastleb: (Default)
( Apr. 9th, 2009 04:29 pm)
Went for a hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve today. Have been hankering to get out there again. Kinda needed the UV filter for my pics, though; a lot are kinda washed out. I did get to see lots of critters though, including a dozen lizards, a pair of quail, crows, a hawk, snails, crabs, an anemone, and a rabbit. Walked a long ways. Four miles, methinks.

I do have a few favorites though, and you can find all the Torrey Pines pics from today and January here.


Spiffy white flower

Cliffs and beach



View of beach
tcastleb: (Default)
( Jan. 6th, 2009 07:38 pm)
So I had today off and decided to try something new. I went to Torrey Pines State Reserve, home of the rarest pine in the US--the Torrey Pine (and right next to the famous golf course that the US Open was at last year.) There are lots of hiking trails; I did close to four miles of them, I think. And I'm really out of shape. There were all kinds of folks jogging up and down the hills, and I was huffing and puffing and getting mad at myself for taking the longer trail back to the parking lot. I made it though. Yaay!

Here's a torrey pine:

And, hey, yucca! I think this is near the aptly-named Yucca Point.

And, dude, check out the views. Just . . . dude.

And there's a trail that goes to the beach.

Though one does need to be careful around the cliffs; there have been rockfalls, and people have gotten killed. Not often, but there was one last year.

And that darker rock in front is actually a large, flat rock separate from the cliffs. People had to figure out very creative ways to get between flat rock and the cliffs to the other side of the beach, because there are some knee-deep parts (that green water there) around flat rock. There's a skinny trail on the cliffs, or, if the tide's out, you can go between flat rock and the ocean. Or a few climbed the rocks.

I uploaded 60+ photos. They're over on my flickr page as usual.
tcastleb: (Vulture)
( Apr. 16th, 2008 08:43 pm)
Went to the beach. Low tide, which means I got to see lots of nifty little critters in the rocks. I waited about a half hour for this guy to come out from under a rock to get a pic--worth the wait, don't you think?

And an anemone (lots of anemones around)

And a fishy

And a bee.

Went to the zoo, but only long enough to take a few pics of reptiles like this iguana.

tcastleb: (Mina)
( Feb. 21st, 2008 01:44 pm)
Look, I made a new icon with my kitty, Mina.

Wanted to go to Disneyland today, but with the threat of rain, I decided to stay in town. Been hankering to go visit the Birch Aquarium anyhow, so I did that instead.

And, for [ profile] kelly_yoyo I found this guy, who was darn hard to get a pic of. Actually, all the fishies were hard to get pics of because of trying to use the flash and the flash showing up on the glass. The color is better without the flash, but the critters move, so they turn out blurry. -sigh- With the flash, it's actually a bit dark. The picture program I use has an "auto adjust" option, so I hit that, and they turn out all right.

This is a bell jellyfish. They were nifty.

This was my favorite critter--a sea dragon, a rather leafy-looking sea horse.

Check out the camouflage on this stonefish.

This is the biggest exhibit, properly called the Kelp Tank.

And a lionfish. Bonus points for those who know a certain SF TV show with a pet lionfish. Extra bonus points if you know what said fishy's name is/was.

And this statue outside kept reminding me of Star Trek IV. Likely also because I got a bunch of original Star Trek DVD's from the library and had a mini Trek-a-thon.

tcastleb: (Vallewida)
( Feb. 6th, 2008 10:24 pm)
I did go to the zoo too, but I'll post those tomorrow. For now, have some pretty ocean pics.

Beautiful day out.

Foamy water. Can you see how sparkly the sand is? There's mica in it.

Seagull on rocks, smaller birds flying at right.

My feet, and an effort to show you just how many shells show up on that beach. This is low tide, so they're easier to spot, but there's a ton caught in the rocks.

And of course, if you look hard in the rocks, you can find little guys like this:

Little flying birds. Dunno what they are, but there was a little flock of them running around.

And, as always, pics can be found over here:
tcastleb: (Vulture)
( Jan. 25th, 2008 05:31 pm)
Had the day off, so I went to the beach. I put the UV filter lens on the camera, so it worked better, methinks. But the water was darn cold, and my toes went numb and stayed numb even after I got home.

Look, I got the gull in the air! :>)

And this I thought was cool; that's Point Loma way in the distance, and there's a lighthouse toward the end of it.

More rocks.

And more birdies.

Time to go was the sand off my feet . . .
tcastleb: (Default)
( Dec. 25th, 2006 03:36 pm)
Merry Christmas, folks! Hope yours was as nice as mine. I did cook myself dinner--sans turkey--but before that, look where I went! This is my favorite beach on Coronado Island behind the Hotel del Coronado. The waves were really high; it was cool seeing them smash up against the rocks.

This shell sort of looks like a heart, don't you think? I didn't find it on the rock; I just put it there for the picture. But I did bring it home. That, and a cool little snail shell. :>)

And then I did go to the zoo, but I didn't stay long because it was about as crowded as summertime. Now hopefully I'll get some writing done. . .after I take a nap, 'cause the food made me tired. Carrots and sweet potatos and pear/cream cheese/whip/lime Jell-o. Mmmm. And french bread.


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