We are starting to dry out here

Feb 10, 2024,19:41 PM

so naturally eager to get out of the house, we went for a walk this morning. And naturally, due to the weeks of heavy rain, everything planted was green

These little insects seemed very happy to be foraging in the rosemary.

The trees, no doubt expanding with ingested water, were shedding their winter coats.

My shirt almost matches the bark and the IWC "Climate Action" hints that I am taking action towards the climate (getting warmed a bit in the sun is what I am really doing)

The water in the channel was silky smooth.  Birds were out everywhere, like we were, soaking up the sun.

For example:

Flowers and insects also gratefully catching some rays.

Even the birds of paradise flowers.

I observed two cormorants -- one was making eyes at the other. Can you guess which is the female?

Look at that makeup!! He can't -- he is wondering if he can make an escape. See the look in his eye? Go to a big monitor to see what I mean - it might not show in a phone...

A pelican drifts thoughtfully across the channel as the light reflects brightly off some boats in the distance.

Tiny bugs keep crawling into my flower macros!

A few more birds are taking advantage of the tall light poles in this area.

Look at the speckled breast on this one!

This fellow in the Hobie paddle kayak said he was getting some good bass this morning. He was sure equipped for catching fish, with a Garmin fishfinder handy at his knee.

Some folks optimistically heading out with Offshore Adventure for a whale watching morning.

I did that once, on this boat, with this company. We got a bit too close for my comfort. A gray whale like this is about the size and weight of a school bus - you can only see its upper edge here.

This gives you an idea of where we are walking.

Heading back away from the bay we find a happy bottlebrush tree.

And I get my first hummingbird photo of the new season. I keep shooting, hoping for a better image.

It's a bit embarrassed by all the pollen in its face, but poses for me anyway.

We finally stroll over to the wharf and visit Tommy Gomes, the Fishmonger. Tommy pulls out a spiny lobster from his tank "for my viewers". We decide not to take this fellow home, and 

wind around the back of the wharf to check out Tommy's Ford Pickup.

Worn out, we head for home and encouraged by this bird who is chowing down on berries, decide we need some breakfast.

A BLT sounds good to me (bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwich)


PS - the rainfall documentation. I think our pal InDebtButOnTime might be bailing out his basement right now, as the river was over flood stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The bird shots....

 By: InHavenPro : February 10th, 2024-19:52
are as good as you ever make them 🙂. Beautiful weather, cheers, Filip


 By: cazalea : February 10th, 2024-22:09

Beautiful pictures

 By: Dimardi : February 10th, 2024-20:16
Wonderful of you to share these with the communiy. The bird and flower pictures are great. What camera and lens combo did you use for these?

I have a Sony RX10 Mk iv

 By: cazalea : February 10th, 2024-21:55
with integrated lens that reaches to 24-600mm at max zoom.

Got it...Thanks!

 By: Dimardi : February 12th, 2024-12:54

Great pics and narrative!

 By: NautNut : February 10th, 2024-20:57
Love the pick up


 By: NautNut : February 11th, 2024-17:02

That BLT looks 🤩

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : February 10th, 2024-21:22

LOL…actually love the temptation 😉

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : February 11th, 2024-12:22

That's a pretty big lobster!

 By: amanico : February 10th, 2024-21:41

About a kilo, he said

 By: cazalea : February 10th, 2024-21:52
West Coast spiny lobster have no big claws 🦞 but they are still dangerous to grab. Tommy pulled him out of the tank and held him up for y’all.

The spiny lobster in Wikipedia

 By: cazalea : February 10th, 2024-22:08
California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is a species of spiny lobster found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California, southwards to the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. It typically grows to a length of 30 cm (12 in) and is a reddis...  

We had a flood on the upper Delaware in 2006

 By: EinPa : February 11th, 2024-03:10
That was 135,000 CFS to put the number above in flood context. I hope that truly was a once in 200 year event.

The Delaware is a real River

 By: cazalea : February 11th, 2024-05:14
San Diego River is big enough to float a couple kayaks and 100 ducks. Here's low tide at a wide point near its mouth Tide fully up after rains but from personal experience the depth here is about 3 feet at best. I got stuck in the mud, in a kayak! It's ad...  

Fair point

 By: EinPa : February 11th, 2024-10:45
Though the upper D normal CFS is around 1100

Great images my friend! I especially loved the duck (#6)! Fortunately our basement only had a couple of minor invasions of water and our shop vac was up to the task. No doubt we are lucky

 By: InDebtButOnTime : February 11th, 2024-03:13
to be on an elevated ridge rather than way down into Mission Valley which is the biggest potential flood zone in San Diego. Great stuff Mike! I really enjoyed it!

Thank you!

 By: cazalea : February 11th, 2024-14:45

Beautiful photos!

 By: gregcarraram3 : February 11th, 2024-15:18
Glad that you able to get out and get these amazing pictures!