Christmas Day, So Cal Style

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This post is a little late. On Christmas Day, we decided to take the boat out for a harbor cruise in San Diego. Though it was chilly in the morning, the day turned out to be beautiful and sunny.

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Not a bad life for these marine critters, eh?

I wish I had a video of these “locals” sunning their bods like one big happy family. There are quite a few sea lions, which attracts sharks and Orcas. I was hoping to get some pictures of a pod of Orcas, but no luck. Maybe next time.

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Pulling away from the harbor, ocean and sky.

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Got fish, Mister?

Mister Sea Lion watching curiously as Kona barked his head off at him.

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Jonathan Livingston?

I was trying out my new Tamron 70-200mm lens on moving objects. I’m very pleased at how sharp my bird-in-flight pictures turned out. Seagulls and pelicans are about as wild as our wildlife gets around here.

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Kona was with us, though I failed to get any good pictures of him. When we were pulling up to the boat slip, he decided to jump into the water. I panicked and was fully prepared to jump in after him, but luckily was able to grab onto his collar and pull him up onto the swim step. I wish I could have snapped a picture of him all wet, but was too focused on getting my silly pup dried off and keeping him safe.

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This guy hung on the entire trip!

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Sparkling like diamonds

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Liquid blue and gold

I could gaze at the shimmering water all day long.

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Abundance

Thanks for coming along on my ocean voyage. Happy Friday, and cheers to the weekend!

Woofs and wags,

~ Lori and Kona

 

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A Back Bay Kind of Day

Yesterday Kona and I ventured out to the Back Bay in Newport Beach. The weather was perfect in the morning with just enough cloud cover to keep it cool, and plenty of new scents for Kona to investigate.

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We shared the road with joggers, walkers, and cyclists. Luckily, there are three lanes for each activity, so we didn’t bump into anybody. Next visit, to avoid the crowds, we’ll arrive earlier in the morning or come during the week.

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Unfortunately, I forgot dog treats, so getting Kona to look at me is going to take some doing. Kona’s rule: no treats, no lookie into camera.

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The Back Bay is officially the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve, and is a home for thousands of birds, many endangered. We saw some ducks, but strongly advised Kona against chasing them out of the water.

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There were many little wild flowers. I especially loved these white ones.

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Beautiful homes overlook the bluffs. This would be a perfect place to observe wildlife while the sun is rising or setting.DSC_0024

We headed back to the car just as the sun started to shine through the clouds.

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Overall, I’d say this was a very successful new adventure. I wouldn’t hesitate to make a return visit.

Cheers to a fabulous Sunday evening, friends!

~ Woofs and wags, Lori & Kona

Dog Days of Summer at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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We woke up to bright sunshine this morning, instead of the usual June gloom. I decided it was a perfect day to hike the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Kona agreed.

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Kona seemed to enjoyed exploring new scents from the multitude of critters that pass through this reserve, and like clockwork, sneaks away from me to get a quick roll on a dead bird when my back is turned. Dead birds = stinky puppy.

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There is usually a wide variety of birds hanging out next to the water’s edge, ranging from beautiful cranes to predatory hawks and vultures.

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The wetlands have a unique beauty. I love the huge, rusty old oil pumps seesawing slowly, groaning and squeaking. Growing up in Huntington Beach, these were always a part of the urban scenery.

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Cactus bloom is a part of the indigenous landscape.

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Sunshine with a cool breeze. All-in-all it was a lovely afternoon spent with my boy.

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