Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nocturnal fauna in our apartment...

I never believed that raccoons could be seen in our San Diego apartment campus, until I spotted them in our dumpsters..not one or two, but entire family...

Then I spotted this skunk from my bedroom window as it was foraging on the front lawn...

Finally, this slug munching away the mushroom reminded me of "Alice in Wonderland" story...


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Aerial view of the Pacific Ocean...

A month back we had a vacation to India...As we took off from Los Angeles airport, I clicked these pictures....



Catalina island cherry...

I spotted a couple of these medium-sized tree with dark green leaves near our house in San Diego and got curious about their identity. .In March, they bloomed profusely.. Only when they developed berries which turned crimson in summer, I got to know them. Yes, they are Catalina island cherry....

The drupes are the size of cherries, but the pits are too big to eat the skinny pulp..

I learnt, these plants abound in the Channel islands and fox plays crucial role in their dispersal....

Monday, May 26, 2014

Lake Tahoe and Mono...

Last year, in the memorial weekend we had a road trip to north California...among few other stopovers, we had been to Lake Tahoe and Lake Mono..

The beautiful Tahoe...


the stunning Mono...

Menacing clouds and scattered tufa...

Sierra in the backdrop and foothill pastures..

Snow plant and wolf lichen..

I consider myself a biologist and getting to know and see new species of plants and animals is always a thing of excitement for me..during my visit to Lassen National park in spring I was rewarded in this regard..
when I stumbled upon the patches of coral-red snow plants on the floor of pine forest...

and, when I discovered these lichens carpeting almost all the pine trees..

got to know, these are Wolf-lichens...

Both of my new-found wonders together on a bed of pine needles...


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Old town in two different seasons...

This post is all about how a difference of few months brings changes in landscape, theme, self...

Heritage park in October...sweetgum foliage were starting to turn reddish-orange..

Same place in May..sweetgums were lush green...jacarandas were in full bloom...

October evening...fog from the Ocean was creating a dramatic view...city lights were illuminating..

May morning, dull and drab day...

The perennial statue in Farmer's market was in keeping with Halloween theme...

In May, it was a regular farmer..

Bountiful beauty of Glacier national Park...

In some of my previous posts, I had written about the ethereal beauty of Glacier National park....
Here I am sharing some of the snapshots from that land of serenity, snow-capped peaks, verdant greenery and  cascading waterfalls...


View from Going-to-the sun road...

All you can utter is picturesque!


A stunning waterfall...

A famous glacier...Salamander...

Sunset accentuates the montane landscape..

Clement's peak topped with tinted-clouds

Another view of the Salamander glacier...

A day at San Diego bay....

Seaport village and San Diego bay together create a a fabulous place to spend a fun-filled or peaceful day...plethora of things you can do there...

Just reading a book while listening to the waves and enjoying the marine breeze.....



A sumptuous dinner in one of the many restaurants...

Self-reflection....

Watching this guy balance rocks in a gravity-defying fashion.....

Enjoy the park bordered by downtown skyline...


Admiring crafts of the artists..

Watching sunset....

Fruit and vegetable bowl of California: San Joaquin valley

When I learned that California grows 80% of entire Nation's fruits and vegetables, I wondered where does it produce? After all, much of it is desert, mountains and coastal canyons....but en route Sequoia National Park, we drove through San Joaquin Valley....large expanses of plum, apricot, apple, grapes, citrus, pomegranate, avocado, persimmon, gourds graced either side of the road and stretched till the end of horizon.....I got my answer.











Saturday, May 24, 2014

In and around San Diego....

I love exploring nearby places...and San Diego offers ample opportunities for this longing...it has a diverse set of places to unwind and soak in the serenity...
Here, I am on the grassy bank of Lake Poway....

Here, by the reed edge of Lake Jennings...

Closer home, its Mary's grotto in Mission San Diego...great place to contemplate and find peace..

Victorian village, Heritage park, Old Town...........