Such a shame.
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Careful.”
Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015
Such a shame.
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Careful.”
Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015
If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.
Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.
Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.
Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.
We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.
~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~
Posted in Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches, Tide Pools | Tagged: beach, beach photography, beachcombing, Coronado California beach, San Diego beachcombing, San Diego coast, sand dollars, Southern California tide pools | 5 Comments »
Posted by E.G.D. on February 21, 2015
Aloha, Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches world! I know a good many of you have been asking “Hey, why haven’t Jody and Greg been posting as often?” It is time for the big reveal: they were super-busy getting their business affairs in order so that they could go on the cruise of a lifetime! Of course, now that they’re actually on said cruise, we all get to enjoy the fruits of their labor through their quite delightful photographs. Behold! Cabrillo Beach:
Have a great day, preferably at the beach- E.G.D.
Posted by E.G.D. on July 22, 2014
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Robyn Waayers:
Gary and I took a little trip yesterday to explore the beach just north of Imperial Beach and south of Silver Strand State Beach. A lot of organic material had washed ashore, including masses of California Mussels, as well as much kelp.
Some of the mussels had Leaf Barnacles attached.
This is a beach popular with clammers due to its concentration of Pismo Clams. What I presumed to be immature clam shells were here and there on the shore.
Most of the shells on this beach are heavily wave-worn, like this Chestnut Cowrie.
The beach was surprisingly bird-filled, with Willets, Marbled Godwits, and Forster’s Terns being present in numbers (the Forster’s Terns in large numbers as they fished in the huge anchovy schools off shore). We also saw the occasional Royal Tern in full breeding plumage. A lone Long-billed Curlew graced the beach and we saw several more in the Tijuana Estuary area later.
We saw easily over a half dozen Snowy Plovers skulking in the higher, drier portions of the beach as well. Signs discourage people or dogs from walking in their territory, but no fences exist, as we saw in Oregon last month for the protection of this species. The plovers are extremely well camouflaged, and tend to move in short bursts of activity, as opposed to just meandering around as the Willets do.
We also saw a merganser hanging around the edge of the water, and occasionally entering the shallows. A scoter (probably a Surf Scoter) was seen fishing in the shallows, as well.
About the author: Robyn Waayers has lived in San Diego since 1977, and teaches biology at three local community colleges. In her spare time, she is a lover of all things natural history, roaming the region with her camera and an eye for new things. Her website is Shoreline Ramblings, to which she has also posted this article. All photographs are the property of Robyn Waayers.
Posted in Beach Birding, Featured Guest Writer, Pacific Coast Beaches, Seashells, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: beach, beachcombing, California Mussel, Chestnut Cowrie, Imperial Beach, Snowy Plover | 2 Comments »
Posted by Jody on March 14, 2014
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
~ John Howard Payne
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is “Inside.”
Related Link: Hermit Crab: A Different Kind of Beachcomber
Posted in Southern California Beaches, Tide Pools, Today's Special | Tagged: beach sign, Cabrillo National Monument, hermit crab, inside, postaday, San Diego tide pools, Weekly Photo Challenge | 14 Comments »
Posted by Jody on March 7, 2014
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Robyn W.
Tiny San Diego Beach Treasures: It Pays to Look Closely!
Some special little shells have washed up around the county in the past few weeks. I’ve been lucky to be able to sneak off to the beach here and there in the midst of a busy schedule, and was thrilled to find my first-ever tusk shell in January on the sand at False Point, on the northern end of the Tourmaline Surfing Park. It is a Six-sided Tusk shell, and there was only one. After looking for tusk shells on and off for the past 37 years in San Diego, this seemed pretty special.
Dentalium neohexagonum, the Sixsided Tusk shell. It is a little under an inch long. (January 2014)
Then, last week, I took a walk south from the southern end of Imperial Beach, and found a LOT of tusk shells in the drift debris at low tide. These were almost all the Indian Money Tusk, the shell that was prized as currency by the native peoples of the west coast in the past. Two little Six-sided Tusks were found that day also.
Antalis pretiosum, the Indian Money Tusk. The largest is a little over an inch long. (February 2014)
Back at False Point in January, there were tiny Tinted Wentletraps washed up here and there on the sand. The largest in the photo is about ¼ inch long.
Epitonium tinctum, the Tinted Wentletrap. (January 2014)
One more San Diego beach treasure…but from a while ago, are these trivias found in the shelly debris at low tide way back around the year 2000. They were found at Torrey Pines State Beach, and I have never seen them since. They are about ¼ inch long.
Trivia californiana, the “Coffee Bean”.
Keep an eye out for San Diego’s tiny beach treasures you’ll find them where you least expect them!
Robyn, what fun! You have quite an eye. These tiny beach treasures are absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your beachy times and your amazing treasure trove with us! I feel as if I’ve just had a great day at the beach too! ~Jody
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Featured Guest Writer, Friday Finds, Seashells, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: Antalis pretiosum, beach, beachcombing, Dentalium neohexagonum, Epitonium tinctum, San Diego beachcombing, Trivia californiana | 11 Comments »
Posted by Jody on February 19, 2014
When I think of Imperial Beach, California, I think of everything surfing: from genuine Southern California surfers riding the waves to the community’s public art, the outdoor “Surfboard Museum” and even the surfboard shaped bus stop benches! This town always brings to mind classic Beach Boys surfin’ tunes.
Imperial Beach has so much more to offer than surfing, though. Here you’ll find 3 ½ miles of clean, white, sandy beach stretching southward to the US-Mexico border. With splendid views of San Diego and Coronado to the north, somehow Imperial Beach never seems crowded. It’s less than 13 miles from Downtown San Diego, so Greg and I are always happy to either make the drive or hop on the bus and head on down to this lovely stretch of beach. If we had to choose, we’d likely tell you that this is our favorite strand of San Diego’s “South Bay.”
According to the their official website, the City of Imperial Beach is “the most southwesterly city in the continental United States. Flanked by the Pacific Ocean and South San Diego Bay, our town is nestled between miles of uncrowded beaches, big surf and unparalleled open space and wetlands teeming with wildlife. Because this town is one of the last untouched beach towns in Southern California, we are known as Classic Southern California®.”
Beachcombing is lots of fun here. We always find something interesting on the sands of Imperial Beach. Once Greg and I came home with a lovely collection of multicolored Donax clam shells, very typical of Southern California beaches. The last time we visited, we found large, heavy clam shells, sand dollars and California mussels.
From what I have been able to search out, these sturdy clams are Common Washington Clams (Saxidomus nuttalli), also known as Butter Clams. Our largest Washington Clam find on Imperial Beach measures 4 ¾” wide, but we have found these particular seashells up to 5 ¼” wide on other South Bay beaches. Their range is from Humbolt Bay, California to northern Baja California.
This area is well-known for year round coastal birdwatching (a printable map of birdwatching areas is available online). For the botanist, there is an interesting variety of coastal vegetation, too. Of course, swimming and sunbathing are also very popular pastimes! With all that Imperial Beach has to offer, I’d say it’s “One Shell of a Find!”
If you’d like to learn about the interesting history of surfing at Imperial Beach and the big wave break “Tijuana Sloughs” that made this area famous in the surfing world, you’ll want to check out “Riders of The Tijuana Sloughs,” at LegendarySurfers.com.
If everybody had an ocean
Across the U. S. A.
Then everybody’d be surfin’
You’d see ’em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin’ U. S. A.
~Brian Wilson/Chuck Berry
We’d love to hear about your favorite Southern California beach!
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Seashells, Southern California Beaches, Surfing Beach | Tagged: beach, beachcombing, Common Washington Clam, Imperial Beach California, San Diego beachcombing, San Diego County beach, Saxidomus nuttalli | 8 Comments »
Posted by Jody on February 2, 2014
Here’s an interesting beach treasure found by Karen Williams on a recent visit to Hermosa Beach, California:
“Walking on the beach in Hermosa on Monday…”
“Found an interesting rock that appears to be 2 different kinds of rock fused together!”
“Beautiful weather in the 70’s and no one around!”
We asked our two very favorite geologists for their opinions on Karen’s beach treasure. This is what they told us:
“I think the rock’s finder is correct. This is two rocks fused together. It almost appears to be a quartzite (gray and white) fused together with a volcanic rock, perhaps a rhyolite, or andesite. One thing I can clearly make out is that the crystal sizes are much larger in the gray portion and much finer in the black portion. I think for this fusion to happen, the volcanic rock or ‘melt rock’ had to have ripped a piece of the ‘wall rock’ off without fully melting it. This means that the temperature of the melt rock was not high enough to fully melt the quartz-rich gray portion and instead incorporated it into its structure as an ‘inclusion’.”
Here is a reference in case you need something: http://www.minsocam.org/msa/collectors_corner/arc/tempmagmas.htm
~Ryan McLin (Geologist, Owner McLin Petrographics)
AND ~ Kristie McLin, Ph.D. says: “It looks like a metamorphosed bedding plane to me. Fine grained shaley rock (black) in contact with sand then becomes metamorphosed, changing to schist and quartzite.
We should say either could be the case, and it is hard to tell from a picture what it really is.”
Either way, it’s one great find!
Many, many thanks to Karen, Ryan, and Kristie. We just love to share!
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Featured Guest Writer, Southern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach rockhounding, beachcombing, geology, Hermosa Beach California | 4 Comments »
Posted by Jody on January 8, 2014
Don’t forget your hat!
“Snowman” created by Courtney of San Diego State University.
Posted by Jody on December 21, 2013
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
Do you see what I see?
Yep, that’s a Christmas tree way out there on the end of Crystal Pier!
Ever-funky Pacific Beach, California, was unusually sleepy on the recent stormy afternoon that Greg and I visited. The three mile long (typically lively) boardwalk was as quiet as it could be. The soft sands were completely deserted, and the famous Crystal Pier didn’t entertain even one fisherman. Only a smattering of the customary wet-suited surfers were braving the gray waves.
Dodging bands of frigid rain to reach the end of the pier (heading out and turning back a number of times), we finally decided to just make a run for it. It was well worth it! The Crystal Pier offers fantastic views of the surrounding Southern California beaches and coastline, no matter the weather.
♫ Seems it sometimes rains in Southern California! ♫ San Diego actually has only 42+/- days of rainy weather each year, leaving a whopping 323 days for somewhat less soggy fun at the beach!
Posted in Southern California Beaches | Tagged: beach, Christmas, Christmas Tree, Crystal Pier Pacific Beach California, Pacific Beach California, pier, rain, San Diego County beach, weather | 6 Comments »