Harbor seal pupping season in La Jolla is winding down. The fat little pups are only a day or two away from being weaned. The pups already weaned are dropping a bit of their weight from nursing as they now have to find fish to eat all by themselves. They pitifully cry “mooooom” to no avail. Soon their cries will fade, their hope of suckling will be just a dream & the real beginning of surviving in the Harbor seal colony will begin.
I HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH RING BILLED SEA GULLS! The band around their bill, their red-rimmed eyes, but oh! the polka-dotted tail feathers! When I researched this gull I discovered that in the late 19th century humans hunted them for their feathers. Fortunately the population has rebounded. Currently I’m seeing them all over La Jolla & Pacific Beach. Today it is pouring rain, but yesterday we could see the El Nino rain storm arriving off shore. The sun peeking through turned the La Jolla sea aqua & the clouds on the horizon were indigo blue! How can I stand to stay inside with such beauty out my front door!