Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fruits it Mission San Diego garden...

Mission San Diego has a violent history...but now beautified with gardens and dotted with fruit trees, it  is a quiet, serene, inviting place..Taking advantage of its vicinity to my house, I visit it quite often...

The other day I took some pictures of the fruits hanging from the trees...
Quince.......

Catalina cherry...

Citrus...

Apple......

Fig..........

Peach........

Pomegranate....

Mulberry...

No wonder, why so many birds, squirrels and rabbits call it home!

The Critters of San Diego zoo...

San Diego zoo is one of the top ten zoo of the world..the beautiful creatures living here just make our day!.so we head here quite often..yesterday, we spent some nice time with some of them...

The Andean bear...who stood with its hind legs, treating us to its full stature...

The only awake koala, nibbling on fresh eucalyptus twigs..

One of the many reindeer with huge antler racks...

The jaguar searching the meatballs hidden among the trees and logs...

One of the many rock hyrax babies...

A flamingo chick being fed by its mother...

A Malayan tiger, held its ground and looked at the spectators eye-to-eye...

Two polar bears having friendly scuffle in the pool...


Friday, July 25, 2014

Ripe palm nuts in summer...

Opulent bunches of nuts are hanging from the lanky palms...




Fish galore at Ocean beach...

This afternoon, I saw unusually large number of sea birds hovering over and around the pier of Ocean beach...


It did not take long to find out why? The terns were diving and flying with beakful of fish...the fishing guys were catching mackerels and their buckets were full with many other small fish....

Soon, the sun set and it was a stunning one...


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..