Tuesday, March 31, 2009
CJ's teacher mentioned today that there were only 8 more weeks of school left, so summer is on it's way! Yay!
Monday, March 30, 2009
It works great with plants too.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It was just enjoying a patch of sunlight until it decided it didn't like being followed by us papparazzi and disappeared under the rock.
And a happy dog coming back from a walk. Batiquitos Lagoon has a wonderful hiking trail that was being very well used by humans and canines, while the birds were doing thier thing and ignoring the rest of us.
Friday, March 27, 2009
My friend Pam and I went on a hike there last week. Fog was still hanging on to the water, and there wasn't as many birds as we expected, but it is still a nice place to be.
A coastal lagoon is a shallow body of salt water that is hydrologically connected to both an upland stream and the ocean. This interface between salt and fresh water creates an ecology unique to lagoons because they are both nutrient rich and sheltered (protected from wave action).
Now it is home to many plants, birds, and fish. But this was not always the case. During much of the 20th century, transportation routes built across the mouth of the lagoon cut the lagoon off from the ocean. With the connection to the ocean lost, the lagoon's water became less salty and sediment began to accumulate, reducing the lagoon's habitat value for plant and wildlife species.
The Port of Los Angeles began a project in 1989 to restore Batiquitos Lagoon to mitigate for the loss of deepwater fish habitat, caused by channel improvements and construction of land for cargo terminals in the Outer Los Angeles Harbor, in San Pedro Bay.
The restoration has been biologically successful and the construction of new land and cargo terminals at the Port of Los Angeles has been economically beneficial. Los Angeles got new ship terminals while San Diego got a Nature Preserve. Seems to me we got the better deal!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Dinosaurs were sad about all the litter they found lying around and asked us to save the planet.
Katie sure was a natural actress on the stage!
What a mean looking dinosaur, even though she was a cycad in the play. What is a cycad, you ask? It's a plant that the vegetarian dinosaurs ate.
Let's all make it green and clean!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
She can be distracted though, so we find interesting things along the way.
Like these wild cucumbers. More photos of these another day. so check back.
Monday, March 23, 2009
CJ enjoyed that part. What he didn't enjoy was the rain that started soon after, and got worse as his race was about to start. It was a cold rain too, and windy. We were all miserable.
And into the pool he goes for the 100m freestyle. Aren't I the best mom, to be out in the rain taking pictures of my little swimmer?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
At least I think I counted each one only once as they were moving very fast!
One poor guy spent a while looking for his downed plane in the brush on the hillside.
I don't know if he ever found it. Even with that, they were having a wonderful time. What a fun way to spend some time outside.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Unless he can stick his face in some sort of picture, then he's ok with it.
And the pictures turn out to be some of my favorites.