Tag Archives: San Diego Christmas

HOLIDAY RELAXATION

San Diego Christmas still life 12-2015 - 3 Water

TAKING A FEW MOMENTS TO RELAX DURING THE HOLIDAYS – Whales, sea lions & harbor seal ornaments can delight us & making sea shell cookies can be fun, but sitting down for a moment & having a relaxing cup of cocoa is a must during the holiday season.  

SAN DIEGO CHRISTMAS BY THE SEA

San Diego Christmas landscapes by the sea.  Lately the days have been a chilly 62 degrees, which reminds us that it is Winter in San Diego, but we know that days of 70 degrees are just around the corner & Christmas Day is always a sunny day to walk on the beach.  Super high tides have created crashing high-tide waves & the Ocean Beach & Pacific beach piers shake with the pounding surf.   Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach is decorated with wreaths & a giant Christmas tree at the end.  After sunset tiny white fairy lights sparkle along the entire length of the pier & the tree is a beacon of light.  Ocean Beach has their traditional giant Christmas tree on the beach decorated with inflated beach balls & art that local school children have made.  California Brown Pelicans play with branches as their plumage changes to brilliant Winter breeding colors of red & green.  The pelicans change the spots they sit in on the bluff to soak up the sun.  I start wearing sweats & make sure I have a jacket with me.  The California Harbor seals are pregnant & soon there will be adorable pups to delight us.  The California Sea Lions climb up to the top of the bluff to stay warm & dry as they nap.   Sunsets this time of year are breathtaking because often  there are real clouds in the sky (instead of Coastal fog).  At the end of the short Winter day, the sun goes down in a ball of fire & the sky lights up with such vivid jewel-tone colors that my eyes can hardly take in the beauty.  Nature creates spectacular special effects sunsets with her brilliant color palette to send us home to cozy beds with sweet dreams of the sea.  

KING TIDE, SAN DIEGO FLORA & FAUNA IN DECEMBER – ART JOURNAL 2014

December 2014 Art Journal - Page 148 WATERMARKDECEMBER BY-THE-SEA IN SAN DIEGO means yards decorated for Christmas with lights on palm trees & gift-wrapped surfboards, Pepper trees with red berries, Bird of Paradise flowers  Magnolia tree seed pods & Star Pine trees reaching for the sky.  La Jolla Farmer’s Market has wreaths made of pine, pepper berries, Eucalyptus leaves & chili peppers.  I love the big baskets of just-picked tangerines.  December in San Diego is when citrus is picked.  King Tides of more than 7 feet cause giant waves to break in massive sea fireworks where we all Ooooo & Ahhhhh at the glory of King Neptune showing us his strength & power.  Winter sunsets in San Diego are the best because we now have some clouds in our skies & the orange pumpkin suns with amber iridescent afterglow on the sands are some of my favorites.  The highlight of this week though was the Osprey that flew directly in front of my car windshield & looked me right in the eye as he flew by.  It’s a miracle I didn’t swerve off the bridge I was on crossing the bay.  Life is lovely.