Category Archives: Landscapes by the sea


LOBSTER SEASON OPENS IN LA JOLLA & FROM THE SHORE I OBSERVE PELICANS RIDING ON THE BOATS AND SEA LIONS WAITING FOR A BREAKFAST BAIT HANDOUT AS THE LOBSTER TRAPS ARE EMPTIED.  CALIFORNIA SPINY LOBSTERS ARE NOT “TRUE” LOBSTERS AS THEY HAVE NO CLAWS.  One time a bunch of lobster traps washed up into La Jolla Cove after a storm & the lifeguards emptied the traps of all the lobsters, put them into buckets and returned them out to the marine reserve park where fishing is illegal.  It was wonderful to see that these creatures had a second chance at life. 

California Buckwheat, Mustard & Prickly Pear Cactus – Del Mar

I’m still stopping by the roadsides & travelling around town to enjoy all the wild flowers blooming in San Diego after our wonderful rainy season this year that ended a 10-year drought.  These photos are of the Los Penasquitos March Nature Preserve & Lagoon between Del Mar and Torrey Pines State Reserve and State Beach.  I was on the hunt today for wild California Buckwheat, which is a major source of nectar for butterflies & honey bees.  The white flowers with a hint of pink clump together on top of woody stems with deep green leaves.  Really lovely.  While I was photographing the bees were buzzing!  Of course there was more wild Mustard growing there and I was surprised to find tons of Prickly Pear Cactus there, too.  Torrey Pines State Reserve is to the south and La Jolla appears in the distant landscape.  Torrey Pines State Beach is a wonderful place to drive by early in the morning and see the Inshore Dolphins surfing the glassy waves.  Really it is such magical world and I am so lucky.  

Ocean Wave Landscapes – Photo Greeting Cards

A greeting card series of cards that are created with Nancy Lee Artist By-the-Sea’s nature photography on the coast of Southern California. “Ocean Wave Landscapes – Photo Greeting Cards” – All of these photos were taken in La Jolla in San Diego, California.