A La Jolla Solstice

I admit that I didn’t think that much about the technical aspects of solstice today – I just pointed the camera west toward the sea and took my best shot.  I should at least get some credit for being aware that it was solstice though.

I had my mind on other things, anyway.  Foremost among them was the amazing pelican colony at La Jolla Cove, and whether their red accents could qualify for the December challenge.

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

7 response to "A La Jolla Solstice"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: December 22, 2019

    You could probably get a TRUER red than that patch under the pelican’s chin, but I doubt you could get a more naturally beautiful shade of red. What an awesome bird! (Pretty darn good picture too.)

  2. By: Scooter Posted: December 22, 2019

    I don’t think you can improve on the brown pelican. One of nature’s real masterpieces.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 22, 2019

    What a wonderful bird is a pelican
    His beak can hold more than his belly can
    In fact, I dont know howinthehellhecan.

    Nice solstice photo too!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: December 22, 2019

    Wonderful pelican and beach pics. Hope this next tour reminds you of a good times on your previous tour and helps create lots of good memories this tour, too. I hope the weather cooperates with your plans. I was based in San Diego for a year when I volunteered in Americorps, so I know all the places you’ve visited quite well. Have a happy holiday on the road 🙂

    • By: Scooter Posted: December 23, 2019

      I don’t remember hearing that you were an Americorps volunteer, but good for you. I had a peace corps assignment in Chile lined up almost 40 years ago, but Pinochet’s coup squashed that. I’ve always rued missing the opportunity.

      San Diego would be a great place for an experience like that, I’d imagine. Not the most cycle-friendly community, but there is so much else down here.

      • By: The Navigator Posted: December 24, 2019

        Yes, I did Americorps in 1998-99 after my first trip to Oz. We were housed at the recently closed Naval Training Centre at Point Loma and had our meals at the nuclear sub base across the road. We were able to rent kayaks at the sub base and take them out into the bay, too. The NTC has been redeveloped (Liberty Station) now, and the dorms we stayed in demolished. It would be interesting to see how its changed since I was there and it was just a bunch of abandoned buildings. We spent two months in Monterey and another two months in LA doing trailbuilding, plus 2 months in Alaska working with the Boys and Girls Club, but the rest of the time was in San Diego. I didn’t have my bike with me at the time but did explore much of the city. I’m still in regular contact with 4 of my teammates from back then, so some good friendships came from it. I always thought I’d do Peace Corps in my retirement, but now I’d be more likely to do something through an Australian program I think.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: December 24, 2019

    What a handsome bird that pelican is, and excellent detail on the picture, too.

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