During a spring break getaway, Debi’s family managed a stop in the desert – Palm Desert, that is. After a day spent at Joshua Tree National Park, we wanted to get up close and personal with desert wildlife. So they carved out some time to visit The Living Desert Zoo. Michele’s family visited the Zoo for two […]
Nature is simply getting outdoors and connecting with the weather, plants, animals, trails, streams, beaches and natural sounds & smells around you. My definition of nature is purposefully broad. It can be the urban wilderness of walking to the park in the suburbs or it can be an official trail.
Nature is places to go. It's a place for picnics. A place for hiking or simple walks. A place for solitude and observation. A place for art and creative inspiration.
I know a lot of people think taking kids to Las Vegas is a big parenting no-no. But we actually enjoy it. I think that’s because we always make time to head outdoors and explore what the area has to offer beyond the glitz and neon of the Strip. When it comes to natural […]
While Old Faithful is probably the most famous icon of Yellowstone National Park, its wildlife is equally impressive. For starters, Yellowstone is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the Lower 48. Plus, there are more than 60 different types of mammals living in the park! Add to that birds, amphibians, reptiles and […]
Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, in my opinion, is the best Southern California aquarium for families. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know I’m rather crowd-averse. The bigger aquariums just make me nervous because there are usually large field trips and it’s easy to lose sight of the […]
Growing up, I knew these birds as “herons” and then as an adult I learned they are called egrets. These are the big white birds you see flying around waterways in Southern California. This is the first photo I’ve ever taken with both the Great Egret and the Snowy Egret in the same frame. […]
Where might I see California Brown Pelicans? I see them at the beach. They like to sit on rocky outcroppings and dive for fish at sunset. How can I identify these birds? Most of the pelicans you see at the beach in Southern California will be California Brown Pelicans. However, I’ve spotted American White Pelicans in the […]
Pintails and Buffleheads are species of ducks. Did you know that ducks are categorized by whether they are “dabbling” ducks or “diving” ducks? Here’s what dabbling looks like: It means the ducks are dipping down to scrounge for food off the bottom. Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a good place for dabbling ducks. This one happens […]