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Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, California, USA [20110529|21:30]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Josh & I went for a hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve while I was in San Diego earlier this month. It's perched on a gorgeous curve of cliffs, and features a profusion of flowers and migrant seabirds as well as the eponymous - and rare - pine tree.

Brown pelicans in La Jolla, CA


[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-05-29 22:48 (UTC)
I love California wildflowers!

And Torrey Pines is such a pretty beach - well, unless you wander too close to Black's Beach with all it's naked, wrinkled old people!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-30 16:57 (UTC)
I love the wildflowers, too. It makes me wish I'd taken more of an interest in them when I was living there, but I was younger and cared more about music and nightclubbing than I did about wildlife. ;)

We stayed well within the bounds of the reserve!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-30 16:58 (UTC)
Oh, I did. I miss it too. If I had to move back to the US right now, that's where I'd go, for sure.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2011-06-01 21:05 (UTC)
Beautiful photos! And the pelicans ...!

Both times I've been at Torrey Pines it was much later in the summer and there were less flowers - still the photos make me want to go back to San Diego. I've not been there long, but I love the place.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-01 21:22 (UTC)
The pelicans! The pelicans aren't usual present in the numbers that we saw them. We saw hundreds. Usually they breed further south, in Mexico. The speculation is that the fish crop was rather poor in northern Mexico this year, forcing them further up the coast to breed.
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2011-06-01 21:26 (UTC)
Hundreds? Wow! I've seen a dozen at most ... And they never stop to fascinate me (as do the seals): Pelicans have always been a thing of zoos and TV to me, not a bird you see walking along the beach.
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