It’s early December and San Diego’s latest rainstorm has passed. This morning I walked out onto the Broadway Pier.
What did I see?
This morning I arrived at Torrey Pines State Beach very early. About 7:30. A deep, thick fog blanketed the shore and nearby bluffs.
I began my walk around the North Torrey Pines Road bridge that spans the entrance to Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. I headed south toward the towering sandstone cliffs.
When I moved from the noisy roadway down to the sand, it became very quiet. Just the sound of distant surf. A couple of stand up paddle boarders were visible through the fog. People were fishing from the sand. People were walking along the beach. Moving through the dreamlike fog. Where minds and hearts, made quiet, can focus.
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Today I enjoyed a short walk in Coronado. I strolled along the edge of San Diego Bay, from the Coronado Ferry Landing to Tidelands Park, then turned around and made my way back. The overcast winter day was chilly and even a few raindrops fell.
I was in the mood to walk slowly, while gazing across the gray water.
As I began south, a flock of seagulls stood preening on a strip of wet sand below the rocks near the Coronado Island Marriott Resort. From time to time gulls stretched their wings. Some would suddenly launch into the sky. I paused to watch and take photos.
When I reached Tidelands Park, I spotted a great blue heron and a few shorebirds that I believe were marbled godwits.
I took a few random photos of this scenic stretch of the Bayshore Bikeway as I made my way back to catch the ferry. San Diego’s skyline beckoned in the distance.
Last weekend during my walk through Coronado I noticed a really beautiful work of art. A colorful mosaic, set into the travertine exterior of the Walgreens building on Orange Avenue, depicts a ferry crossing San Diego Bay crowned by a flock of seagulls.
According to my limited research, it appears that the mosaic was created in 1985 by Susan Hertel and Denis O’Connor, in collaboration with Millard Owen Sheets, who designed many Home Savings of America bank branches in California. The mosaic represents one of the historic ferryboats that once transported cars between Coronado and San Diego. Ferries for cars operated until 1969, the year the San Diego–Coronado Bridge opened.
When the artwork debuted, the building at 925 Orange Avenue was a Home Savings branch. Subsequently it became a Petco. As building occupants have come and gone, the extraordinary mosaic has been preserved.
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They were everywhere! Circling in every direction! Wheeling high overhead, skimming low near the water!
It seemed that hundreds of seagulls had gathered from every part of San Diego Bay. Patrolling the sky, they watched two sea lions feasting on discarded scraps from a nearby fishing vessel.
Everyone on Fish Harbor Pier stood transfixed by the whirlwind experience!
When a scrap of fish broke loose from the romping sea lions, a feeding frenzy on the water would suddenly begin!
I took these cool photos this afternoon, after taking the ferry back from Coronado. More of my adventure on Coronado is coming up…
In the city of San Diego, the early bird catches the worm. And an early morning walker takes many photos!
One cool aspect of living in downtown San Diego is the proximity of various rivers, estuaries, bays and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. One meets a host of different aquatic birds, including ducks, gulls, herons, cormorants, least terns, and other graceful inhabitants of air and water.
Here are a few fun photos that have gathered in my computer.
I finally got my act together. Late this afternoon I renewed my annual membership in the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Perhaps it’s that deep feeling of living inside history.
Perhaps it’s the light-splashed ships.
Perhaps it’s the water like molten silver and its dancing, inexpressible magic.
Perhaps it’s the sea, and my longing for a far horizon.
I can’t think of the right words.
So I’ll let my small camera speak its own language. I took these photos before sunset.
UPDATE! I substituted one of this post’s original photos with a new one taken a week later. Can you guess which one? The sky is a bit different, but it’s still the same time of day–perhaps an hour or less before sunset.
Four months ago I shared some colorful street art that I found on several electrical boxes in Mission Valley. You can revisit that blog post here. As you can see, one of the images was a sketch of a gull at a beach carrying away a bag of chips–a humorous work in progress. Well, that work is now completed, as well as another side of the same box!
Just a note–the colors were light, so I had to increase the contrast in the photos quite a bit.
Yesterday I spent some time writing. I sat in the San Diego sunshine on a bench next to Tuna Harbor. From time to time my lifted eyes spied something interesting, so I’d take a photo.
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