San Diego River animals gather under city bridge.

Cars zoom west down Friars Road, beneath the Morena Boulevard bridge.
Cars zoom west down Friars Road, beneath the Morena Boulevard bridge.

Should you ever drive west down Friars Road approaching Mission Bay, you might see a collection of native animals gathered under the Morena Boulevard bridge. They seem to like the place, because they never leave!

The west end of Mission Valley contains an open space preserve, where some wild animals live in the midst of a big city. The wildlife mural, designed in 2007 by lead artist Julia C. R. Gray, was a public art project of the San Diego River Park Foundation.

This mural is a project of the San Diego River Park Foundation.
This mural is a project of the San Diego River Park Foundation.
A bobcat lurks under the busy city bridge!
A bobcat lurks under the busy city bridge!
So does a skunk! I didn't smell this critter, however.
So does a skunk! I didn’t smell this critter, however.
Fish in dry water, painted on a mural near the San Diego River.
Fish in dry water, painted on a public art mural near the San Diego River.
Horned toad and raccoon, samples of wildlife that live in the Mission Valley preserve.
Horned toad and raccoon, samples of wildlife that live in Mission Valley preserve.
Frog in a painted mural, created by artist Julia C. R. Gray in 2007.
Frog in a painted mural, created by artist Julia C. R. Gray in 2007.
A rabbit that's still enough to be captured by my camera!
A rabbit that’s still enough to be captured by my camera!
It's very rare to see a fox in the developed parts of San Diego.
It’s very rare to see a fox in the developed parts of San Diego.
Second mural painted on south side of Friars Road also shows a river scene.
Second mural painted on south side of Friars Road also shows a river scene.
Beyond lies actual open space. Lush vegetation provides shelter for wildlife near river.
Beyond lies open space. Lush vegetation provides shelter for wildlife near river.

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

6 thoughts on “San Diego River animals gather under city bridge.”

  1. you should check out the mural on the overpass at the cross section of Pacific Highway and Rosecrans St (across from Old Town Trolley Station) Nice tribute to our troops is there.

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