Gallery of San Diego Beach Pictures
My husband and kids are always making fun of me for always taking San Diego beach pictures. I can not help it! I see something, and I need to take a picture of it. It is that simple.
This philosophy has gotten me into a bit of trouble, but not anymore. You see, I have over 12 years of digital photos on three external hard drives as well as a few hundred on an Ipad. What to do with close to 100,000 pictures? Well, I have recently spent almost 4 hours every night going over EVERY picture to find the perfect ones to share with the world.
I hope you enjoy it!
#Please click on any photo to see a larger version. Also, you may hover over each photo to see the scientific name of each species listed.
I have also included several links that will give you more information about where I took each photo.
Here is more information if you are interested!
San Diego Beach Pictures California poppy-our State Flower, taken at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center Coyote bush A flowering coyote bush was seen at the north channel of Famosa Slough Blooming coyote bush – San Dieguito Lagoon Fully bloomed coyote bush seen in an open field in Carlsbad (Nov) Dwarf coyote bush is an excellent ground cover-Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center Native Garden Also known as the “Christmas berry tree,”-Toyon Toyon berries-Loma Alta Creek Trail Toyon bush on the Loma Alta Creek Trail Shaw’s Agave- Seen at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Bush Sunflower at the San Elijo Lagoon Seaside daisy on the bluffs of La Jolla Lady Fingers at the Scripps Coastal Reserve Saltgrass-Trestles Beach Pickleweed-Mission Bay Saltgrass – Encinitas Bluffs Beach evening primrose at South Ponto Beach California buckwheat on the Panhe Nature Trail California buckwheat Lemonade berry bush on the Panhe Nature Trail Sea rocket-Cakile maritima
More Native Plants Lemonade berry tree at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center Deergrass Torrey Pine Tree at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
The Torrey pine tree is the rarest in the United States.
Laural sumac Dwarf coffeeberry Deerweed-California broom on Panhe Nature Trail Deerweed with flowers at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Hubbs Trail Castor bean plant on the Trestles Beach Trail Bladderpod at Warm Water Jetty Beach, Carlsbad Black sage at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center White sage California sagebush at the Buena Vista Lagoon Cleveland sage Cleveland sage at Oceanside Harbor Coastal goldenbush on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center Trail Coastal goldenbush Prickly pear cactus on the Batiquitos Lagoon Trail San Diego Honeysuckle at La Jolla Natural Park Tree tobacco plant Bulrush (Cattail) during the summer at Trestles Beach next to the San Mateo River. Cattails (Bulrush) at the Loma Alta Slough Spiny rush at the Buena Vista Lagoon. Sticky monkey-flower Chalk dudleya -South Ponto Beach Yerba mansa at the Famosa Slough in Ocean Beach Alkali heath Alkali heath at the Living Coast Discovery Center at San Diego Bay California mugwort
San Diego Beach Pictures Gooseneck Barnacles on the Scripps Pier at La Jolla Shores Beach Gooseneck Barnacles and California mussels California Mussels at Swami’s State Beach Sea Anemones at La Jolla Shores Tide Pools Pacific sand dollar- Coronado City Beach Pacific purple sea urchin at SeaWorld San Diego California black sea hare at Cabrillo National Monument tide pools.
San Diego Beach Pictures Snowy egret- Oceanside Pier A snowy egret at the Loma Alta Creek in Oceanside Muscovy ducks-seen on the Loma Alta Creek Trail Flying black-necked stilts at Loma Alta Creek Royal Terns- Swami’s State Beach Common Raven-San Onofre State Beach Two ravens finding some freshwater to drink falling off the bluffs Great-tailed Grackle- San Onofre State Beach Great egret on a bluff in Encinitas Do you see the Great egret?-Famosa Slough, Ocean Beach Great blue heron outside of the Living Coast Discovery Center in San Diego Bay A great blue heron at Mission Bay Heerman’s Gull at Seaport Village -Downtown San Diego A juvenile Heerman’s gull -America’s Cup Harbor (Oct) Heerman’s Gull Western Gull- Ocean Beach Pier
A great way to tell the difference between a Western gull and a California gull is to look at their legs. The Western gull’s legs are pink, while the California gull’s legs are yellow.
California gull over Moonlight Beach One brown pelican and many California gulls at Trestles Beach Double-crested cormorants, California brown pelican, and harbor seals off La Jolla Calfornia brown pelican on Ocean Beach Pier
This California brown pelican up above loves to hang out at the same spot on the Ocean Beach pier, day after day!
Calfornia brown pelicans at Oceanside Harbor
Brown pelicans love to hang out on the docks waiting for the fishing boats to come in.
Willet at San Onofre State Beach Sanderlings watching the winter surf at Swami’s State Beach A whimbrel at Boneyard Beach, Encinitas Many whimbrels at Moonlight Beach, Encinitas A marbled godwit on the left and a willet on the right-Mission Bay Greater Roadrunner at the Living Coast Discovery Center Western grebes- Aechmophorus occidentalis-America’s Cup Harbor, San Diego Bay
San Diego Beach Pictures Harbor seals at La Jolla Children’s Pool
One of the most exciting places that I like to take visitors from out of town is definitely La Jolla! We are never disappointed when we get a chance to see these majestic creatures up close.
Children’s Pool in La Jolla– Harbor seals Behind the Children’s Pool, La Jolla California sea lions on Seal Rock- La Jolla Do you notice the tag right above its right flipper? Stonesteps Beach, Encinitas California sea lions- Oceanside Harbor California sea lions hanging out in the Oceanside Harbor Stellar sea lion at SeaWorld San Diego
Misc. Pacific green turtle- SeaWorld San Diego Living Coast Discovery Center- Pacific green turtle Pacific green sea turtle Bat ray- Living Coast Discovery Center located in the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Shovelnose guitarfish on Oceanside Pier