Flora - Fauna, San Diego
The seagulls come so close to the tables, I was sometimes holding my breath that someone wouldn't lose their lunch! One man was being plagued by a swooping bird who seemed to be toying with the idea that he might drive the guy away from his lunch rolls. Some of the waitresses don't find it amusing, but I rather enjoyed watching them up close. The actually behaved rather well, all things considered.
I've been living in San Diego for almost three years now, but only yesterday did I visit the Hermitage and Meditation Gardens in the Self Realization Center in Encinitas yesterday, and I am still in awe as to how beautiful the views are! No wonder the place is called the Meditation Gardens. The views are just spectacular! Forget the zoos, visit this place instead. Plus, admission is FREE. You can't beat that!
While in San Diego make sure to see the seals at the La Jolla Cove Beach. A group of seals has made the area called "Children's Pool" thier home. Take the walking bridge out to the water to get an up close view of these amazing creatures. A must see!
They put a lot of flowers, bushes, cacti around Spanish-style houses in Spanish Village Art Center. They grew in pots standing on a ground or hanging around the houses. Didn't they look really nice?
Everyone should stop at La Jolla cove to watch the Sea Lions! It's a very unique experience.
Sea Lions are a type of seal, recognized by their external ears, ability to walk on land, and their barking. The sea lions seem to be Monterey's top attraction, as people are often lining the beach to watch them play or watch them sleep on the rocks (exciting!). The California Sea Lion is distinguished from other sea lion species by the males' large forehead, hence the scientific name Zalophus californianus literally meaning "California Big Head".
Take a look at water lilies in the Lake of the Flowers.
WATER LILY is common name for some members of the Nymphaeaceae, a family of freshwater perennial herbs found in most parts of the world and often characterized by large shield-shaped leaves and showy, fragrant blossoms of various colors. Among the plants of the family are the water lilies, lotuses, and pond lilies (called also cow lilies and spatterdocks) of the genera Nymphaea, Nelumbo, and Nuphar, respectively; however, the common names often overlap; e.g., “water lily” is used for most species of the family and even for other unrelated aquatic plants with similar flowers.
Japanese Koi, goldfish, water lilies and lotus commune in the 193-by 43-foot lily pond (originally called Las Lagunas de las Flores or The Lake of the Flowers) that rolls out like a liquid carpet before the entrance to the Botanical Building. It is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture, I think. The water lillies and lotus bloom spring through fall.
If my ageing memory serves me correctly, these sea lions were observed in the vicinity of Mission Beach.