May 21, 2018

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

It's middle of May and base on a past few years I've lived in San Diego, temperatures should now be in the mid 80s and mostly sunny.  Instead it's still cloudy in the mid 60s and the news is calling this "May Gray."  I'm use to hearing about June Gloom so this is a first for me.  With camera in shoulder, I decided to take advantage of this cool temperature and hike up North Torrey Pines Rd. and into the reserve.

Torrey Pines Rd. is quite popular for cyclist.  They have a dedicated bike lane on both sides.  This is my first ever attempt of a pan shot using the Leica M.  He was very nice about me taking a photo of him.

Towards the ocean is the world famous Torrey Pines golf course where Tiger Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open.

It may not show in the photo but there's a fair amount of grade.  It's pretty challenging from a cycling perspective.  I've always just driven it.

Here is a close up of the rock formations.  From afar, they resemble the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon.

Continue on the pedestrian path of Torrey Pines Rd and you'll reach the Torrey Pines Docent Society. They are a volunteer society that provide tours and education about the reserve.

Looks like these folks had quite a hike.

Wild flowers and other plant life along the trails.

That's tired looks from those that just finished walking up the windy hill path.

Every time I pass by this tree I always see it as a whale tale.

Heading into the Guy Flemming Trail.  You'll also see trees that branch out into all sorts of directions.  Reminds me of those scary forests you see in movies like Maleficent.

Then there's the patches of flower fields.

And watch the waves.

Natural rock formations caused by wind and water.  The beach is below.

There use to be dense forest full of Torrey pines of these but they have probably succumbed to the bark beetles.

This lone twig made a great model for practicing subject isolation.  Still working on it as that patch of cactus is still quite noticeable on the left.

Close up of some of the rock formations.

These are Bark Beetle traps.  The funnels contain feramones that attract, trap and kill the bark beetles.  Bark beetles has caused the destruction of many of the iconic Torrey Pines trees.

Flowering cactus.

Traffic Regulation prohibiting cycling down the walking path although uphill is still allowed.

Path leading to the visitor center.

Here is the view of the coast.  The green patch in the center is the salt marsh the Amtrak Coaster train runs along the coast and through the marsh.

Thanks for visiting.  Comments are always welcome.

Leica m240 w/ Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH

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