Memories of Torrey Pines State Park

There are three sections to this state park: the bluffs, the slough or lagoon, and the extension. When most folks think of Torrey Pines State Park, it is the bluffs high above the beaches that come to mind. This because it is here that the famous trees abound. These trees grow only in this region … Read more

Memories of Agua Dulce Creek

Because habitats in San Diego County include the coast, the valleys, the coastal slopes, the mountains and the desert, its biodiversity exceeds most places in North America and the rest of the world. Some of San Diego County’s higher elevations can render some surprising bird encounters. Agua Dulce Creek is a location that has provided … Read more

Memories of Lake Hodges

Lake Hodges is inland on the San Dieguito River between Rancho Bernardo and Del Dios on the outskirts of Escondido. I like the trails from the Rancho Bernardo side of the lake because there is a variety of habitats available for exploring. Pomerado Road crosses Interstate 15 and becomes West Bernardo Drive near the upper … Read more

Memories of Ramona Grasslands

There is a broad grassy valley running west from the Ramona Airport through Highland Valley. The County of San Diego has seen fit to make a preserve of the land to protect threatened species such as Burrowing Owls and the Stephens’ Kangaroo Rat. Much of the preserve is out-of-bounds for public access. But near the … Read more

Memories of William Heise Park

There are 673 bird species recorded in California, and 522 of them have been found in San Diego County. The reason for this diversity of species is the diversity of habitat. Counted among the habitat choices from west to east are; pelagic, coastal sage-scrub, coastal wetlands, riparian valleys, grasslands, sage and chaparral of west facing … Read more

Memories of Anza-Borrego

Anza-Borrego State Park has long been a favorite destination of mine. Even before my passion for bird photography, this desert’s beauty drew me to it. Not everyone “gets” the desert. Some see only dry desolation, devoid of life. But a closer look will show that life abounds here. If spring rains deliver sufficient water, an … Read more