Same Locale, Sunny Day

Another morning and this time, it’s sunny! Very unusual when you live by the coast, which makes this day feel all the more like a treasure. If you ask me, nature’s colors seem all the more vivid, and more alive thanks to the bright and welcoming sunshine!  (To all of you enduring extremely hot temperatures, I don’t mean to brag about our temperate, breezy weather. Tee-hee!)

How gorgeous and inviting the Pacific Ocean looks on this sunny and cheery morning.

These two seem to be engrossed in conversation. What are they talking about?

This dad seems to be helping his daughter make an ant hill. It’s been said that San Diego was built on an ant hill.

Walking around the neighborhood, I love encountering interesting front doors, like this one. I can’t help but  wonder, what’s on the other side?

Here’s another door that caught my eye. It’s the bougainvillaea that did it. Dare I go in?

A big part of this neighborhood is the local, and very popular, Del Mar Race track. Horse racing begins in mid-July, and goes through early September. This restaurant’s door is an elegant nod to the sport of horse racing.

The dense and unusual-looking foliage caught my eye. Seems like a perfect home for a Hobbit.

La Entrada: And one more door. This one needs to “remind” you, albeit in Spanish, what it’s for.

When Morning Comes

Bella, of One Sister’s Rant, earlier this month did a photographic post about her neighborhood. Which inspired me, so, on a recent weekend morning, I took my camera out on a walk through my neck of the woods. I figured one of the best places to go would be by the coast, just a couple of miles away.

Of course, June around these parts is known for its “June Gloom,” on account that nearly every morning you awaken to gray skies. Though, by noon, the sun is out in all its glory, and the gloom is never bad enough to keep people indoors. This day was no exception.

Hope you enjoy!

This time of year, the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom. Its purple flowers are breathtaking.

What I love about the trees in this seaside park, is how the unrelenting wind off the ocean, has caused them to bend dramatically toward the east, barely keeping their heads up, yet finding the will to do what it takes to survive.

These gnarly, twisted trees, long ago bowed to the wind, and now make for climbing fun.

The view from the park.

These three seem to be deciding whether or not to hit the surf.

Seems like I’m not the only one seeking a photo opportunity.

A nice spot to enjoy the view and watch the surfers.

This shaggy dog shows no interest in the ocean.

This train, heading south along the California coast, offers great ocean vistas.

Even in the gloomy morning, the view is exceptional. It’s no wonder people want to live here.

I just love how so many bring their dogs to the beach. A couple of miles north of here is Dog Beach, a place where anyone can bring their dog to frolic and splash freely in the water–leash free!

This seaside community has a bit of a Tudor feel to it.

And one more. We love the sea in these parts!

So, tell me, what makes your neighborhood special?