Flora / Fauna, San Diego
Prickly pear cacti is a very well know species of plant that I personally grew not to like upclose…ah..youth..lol….but I sure do still respect it and admire it for its hardiness. It grows these flat rounded platyclades as they call them, and usually are covered with needles or spines. Ouch, these little coats of armor hurt, believe me. My Aunt Carmen had a huge tree like bush of these in her San Fernando stucco home. I will say they do produce some pretty awesome blooms, which a huge contrast to how God has designed them. They are prominent in the West and Southwest of the US and Mexico.
They are a very good reason to stay on your path!
Prickly Pear Cacti
If you have noticed that along the walking path from the Point Loma Lighthouse to the Whale watching overlook, you’ll see many wonderful species of local plants. The park took the time to plant many of the significant plants that are local to this area. The Lemonade Berry bush appears to be a very simple, but will bloom from February to May these small white to rosy pink petals and are very fragrant. Take the time to look about them.
Agave shawii is a very unique yucca. That is how I recognize it. It is a very rare plant only found in San Diego County along Baja California. It consist of green ovate leaves that has little needles or teeth that surround the leaves. It blossoms with beautiful yellowish or reddish flowers. Some may think it is an ugly plant and think it may be a hardy plant, but is very sensitive, since it takes it sometime to grow, so it cannot recoup too fast from pollution or damage from contact.
Jacarandas in another beautiful plant that you will see in many pacific coastal communities all along Southern California. Jacarandas start to bloom during May, June and well into July. They are absolutely a beautiful tree. As scarce as their branches may appear, they off much shade during the hot humid days. They either bloom in blue or purple blooms. They only bloom fully for maybe three months of the year, but those months they are stunning and so appreciated.
Fondest memory: I think Catamaran Resort Hotel itself can be considered a tourist attraction. They have a mini lake keeping many birds like mandarina ducks, black swans, ducks (normal one), and parrots. These animals are well kept, and they love to walk around the resorts. Here, this pair of swan were trying to know into someone's window.
Favorite thing: Go/walk/drive outside a downtown and other tourist points of interest to see huge residential areas mixed with many business areas. Look at architecture of their houses, yards full of flowers, palm trees, various (exotic for me) trees, bushes, fruits etc.
When you live in Boston and visit some place where palm trees are everywhere you gaze at them in wonder and really feel like you're someplace special.
And... you photograph them.
Favorite thing: You can see seals, sometimes even whales in the sea, seagulls flying around, and ofcourse little grey (American) squirrels...
Favorite thing: This is a great picture of Shamu that's giving a (wet) ball to the lady, isn't he cute!!!
Fondest memory: San Diego is wonderful to visit in the springtime...we have stayed in Encinitas and Carlsbad...both are sprinkled with wildflowers after winter rains (if we are lucky to get any)...