Whales and pelicans

San Diego, 2nd November 2019 The sea is calm today; the kayakers are on the ocean again close to shore; further out, the dolphins are not there in great pods just a handful moving quickly seawards with little show. The whales are easier to find; the first spot is a Minke that appears as a…

Alcazar Garden

Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego is a perfect place to idle the day away; grand buildings set around wide avenues and plazas that house an assortment of museums and an arboretum. Perhaps the most peaceful corner is the Alcazar Garden, a neatly clipped, geometric space modelled on the gardens within Alcazar Castle…

El Cerrito, San Diego

The little hill is filled with small, well-proportioned bungalows; these were first built back in the 1950s and now sympathetically updated, many with exquisite, desert gardens. The views in the warm, brilliant light of an October evening are reminiscent of a David Hockney painting. In the back garden, the Anna’s hummingbirds announce their arrival with…

San Diego whale watch

We leave the harbour and pass the pelicans, egrets, cormorants and gulls that sit around competing for attention with the sea lions; these bask and pose in the water and on the buoys. We run up the channel to meet the swell of the ocean that tosses the boat; a pod of kayakers works hard…