Category Archives: {2014}

The Salton Sea

On 10/25/2014 I ventured 2 hours south to the Salton Sea. I’ve never been before and I was in search of the Borrow Owls. Never found, but none the less, I found a lot more. Take a peek.

The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella valleys.

The lake occupies the lowest elevations of the Salton Sink in the Colorado Desert of Imperial and Riverside counties in Southern California. Like Death Valley, it is below sea level. Currently, its surface is 234.0 ft (71.3 m) below sea level. The deepest point of the sea is 5 ft (1.5 m) higher than the lowest point of Death Valley. The sea is fed by the New, Whitewater, and Alamo Rivers, as well as agricultural runoff, drainage systems, and creeks.

The modern sea was accidentally created by the engineers of the California Development company in 1905. In an effort to increase waterflow into the area for farming, irrigation canals were dug from the Colorado River into the valley. Due to fears of silt buildup, a cut was made in the bank of Colorado River to further increase the water flow. The resulting outflow overwhelmed the engineered canal, and the river flowed into the Salton Basin for two years, filling the historic dry lake bed and creating the modern sea, before repairs were completed. While it varies in dimensions and area with fluctuations in agricultural runoff and rainfall, the Salton Sea averages 15 mi (24 km) by 35 mi (56 km). With an estimated surface area of 343 square miles (890 km2) or 350 square miles (910 km2), the Salton Sea is the largest lake in California. The average annual inflow is less than 1,200,000 acre·ft (1,500,000 dam3), which is enough to maintain a maximum depth of 44 ft (13 m) and a total volume of about 6,000,000 acre·ft (7,400,000 dam3). However, due to changes in water apportionments hammered out for the Colorado River under the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the overall water level of the Sea is expected to decrease significantly between 2013 and 2021.

The lake’s salinity, about 54 g/l, is greater than that of the waters of the Pacific Ocean (35 g/l), but less than that of the Great Salt Lake (which ranges from 50 to 270 g/l). The concentration increases by about 1% annually.
Surface elevation: -226′ (-69 m)
Area: 376.1 sq miles (974 km²)
Length: 34.8 miles (56 km)

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I hope you have enjoyed the photographs.

Links:
Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
Salton Sea State Recreation Area
Salton Sea History Museum

Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Late this morning I grab my camera bag and dashed out of the house. I wanted to get out and photograph this amazing, beautiful, sunny California day.

The road took me to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.

A few short moments into my nature walk a group of people started to photograph a bird. It’s my first photo. I can’t recall what they called it but they were totally happy to see it.

My journey continued and I saw a Great Egret followed by a Great Blue Heron and then Brown Juvenile Pelican sitting and adult Brown Pelican flying across the waters.

Something happened not totally unusual for me, a Turkey Vulture flew closely past, circled and then landed to take a closer look at me. Amazing about being out in nature looking at it, when it looks back!

After that touch of nature, I continued my walk. I saw birds bathing, more pelican’s overhead one specific bird playing peekaboo with me and then enjoying the beautiful scenic landscape of the wetlands.

While enjoying the sights, I heard crow calls and saw them lunging at something. It was a Cooper Hawk. I snuck up on him and starting photographing him. I even followed him around as he was flying away from the crows. At one point he

perched on a branch in plan sight and allowed me to photograph him. It was amazing!!

After that excitement, I moved on the trail and came across a Squirrel, a Woodpecker and anther Great Blue Heron.

I ended my journey watching a pelican diving into the water for fish. It was amazing! You can see more at https://sleeklens.com/product-category/lightroom-presets/

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I hope you have enjoyed me walking you through my journey and hope you also enjoyed the photographs.

I would suggest the Bolsa Chica Wetlands for anyone who loves nature walks. It’s great for all ages.

Interpretive Center
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Hummingbirds living in my backyard

Here are just a couple hummingbirds which are living in my backyard. I could swear, one of them is King or Queen with the beautiful jewels around its neck!

Taken 10/12/2014

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is an experience of India’s glorious tradition and faith. A legacy that has evolved, endured, and enriched humanity through the millennia.

Located in Chino Hills, California, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a traditional Hindu place of worship. Derived from the Sanskrit word Mandira, Mandir is a house of prayer that inspires faith in God and guides an individual towards spirituality. A Mandir instills basic virtues of humanity such as forgiveness, honesty, unity, friendship, humility, tolerance, patience, sacrifice, and charity. For countless generations, Mandirs have served society through spiritual and humanitarian activities.

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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Center
15100 Fairfield Ranch Road,
Chino Hills, CA 91709
Tel: (909) 614-5000
http://www.bapschinohills.org

Southern California Newport Beach Landing Whale Watching

Finally after 40 years of living in Southern California I went whale watching. Despite the fact we didn’t see any whales, we saw over 1,000 common dolphins! And of course we saw seals. Take a peek!

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I even took a selfy!

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I took a couple panorama photographs as the weather was beautiful.

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Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips daily departing from Newport Beach. Newport Landing offers whale watching tours year around. December through April is the prime Grey Whale migration period. Newport Landing is ideally positioned to take advantage of the annual Grey whale migration, which brings hundreds of Grey Whales along the Laguna Beach coastline and within minutes of Newport Harbor. May through November brings warmer waters and the opportunity to view blue whales to 80 feet, finback whales, huge pods of dolphin that number in the thousands, seals, killer whales, sharks, and many other marine creatures.

I hoped you enjoy seeing my photographs….if you ever get a chance….go on one yourself. It’s really enjoyable.

California State University Long Beach – Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Today I took a stroll to California State University of Long Beach to visit and meditate in the Japanese Garden. What an amazing little place.

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Looking to go yourself, here is the link

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
http://www.csulb.edu/~jgarden/aboutus/aboutus.html