Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wet lands, wild life, and a truck full of blues.

My earth day post? Well, not really. We just decided to stop somewhere that we have passed for 30 plus years.

For those of you here in So Ca you may recognize it, Bolsa Chica Wetlands. For years, land developers wanted to develop this prime property right across Pacific Coast Highway. but it stands open and untouched compared to everything around it.

1700 acres of ocean view property in Orange county.

Free parking and open walking with wild nature everywhere you looked. The bridge is easily 200 yds long stretching over an ocean linked lagoon. looking in the water you can see schools of fish, we even saw a sting ray.

Great Blue Heron
Some species of Hawk. Just magnificent to see it fly and use the wind patterns to guide it with the least effort.

My eyes caught this slowly moving as we walked back in the shallow water near the shore.

can you tell what it is?

It's a sea slug. The grounds are protected and the wildlife is close enough to see but far enough to where humans don't really interact with them. The nesting area is fenced off and we see hoards of people with huge cameras documenting every aspect of the marsh/wetlands Whenever we drive down this section of PCH.

We drove north into the Belmont Shores area of Long Beach and like normal, the clubs were spilling into the street. This was a first though. How much room does a band take up? This place thought if I put the band outside I can have more customers inside.

Yes that's a late 1960's Chevy truck that lived outside of Southern Ca for some time in it's life based on the rust below the door. In the back is an electric base player beside a full size piano and they are playing the blues like it was Chicago at 2:30 in the morning. Fully amplified with the sound system drowning out any road noise of the busy street serving as their club that day. If you know the numbering system on a Chevy truck, you know that a "20" under the bow tie emblem stands for a 1 ton capacity. Not sure how much a piano weighs but the truck looks capable. Don't you just love the array of "I never thought I would see that." Not on par with the Man Thong but one of those was enough for a lifetime.

We attended our Huntington Beach knit group tonight (tues). Once again I spun to try and finish the roving to make the sock yarn. Bobbin # 3 is almost full. The group is very comfortable and the ladies are such a joy to be around.

You can click on the pictures and see larger views if you like. I always post with 6.3 mega pixel photos.


  1. Those are great shots from Bolsa Chica. I love the changes that opening up the wetlands to the ocean has made. The band in a truck is a first for me, too :-)

    It was great to see you and Mrs. Twisted last night and I hope to see you again next week.

  2. I *must* get to that wetlands area. It looks fabulous!

  3. I love to check out things we've never done before - the wetlands is one of those things. Next time, I'm wearing sensible shoes and bringing a jacket!

  4. Anonymous5:03 PM

    For such a fascinating 'natural' area it's in much dispute between the Tongva and Juaneno who are in cahoots w/ the developer who is building those McMansions to the north and hiding burial remains. The Tongva want to test for DNA which = Federal recognition which = CASINO! CHA-CHING! It won't just be birds and sea slugs to witness- nothing says photo op like mid-day drunks betting the kids college fund at the Pai-gow table.

    Good times.

  5. Great pics. Thanks so much for sharing. I have to say that I am totally impressed that they got that piano in the truck. Did it hang over the edge of the bed on the far side?


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