The California Fish and Wildlife Department has scattered dozens of these nesting boxes throughout the refuge. This Barn Swallow eyed me warily the whole time I was taking photographs.
It needn't have bothered. I've already eaten my quota of Barn Swallow for the year. Landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. This is the 405 frwy looking towards Irvine. Lots of birds diving and soaring around the preserve, but most did not come close enough [or stay still enough] for the Fuji to do its work. Fortunately, this Turkey Vulture accommodated me with a fly-by. He was probably no more than eight feet from my face.
Seriously, though, the place is a massive aviary. With all that abundant marine life bubbling about under the surface, the area can support as many of these creatures as are able to tolerate living together.
And that is a surprising number, though the toleration varies in its magnitude from one minute to the next. A ride called Just leaving the office and saw this and had to share... Honey Bee on Beach Coreopsis
Lots of wildflowers at the preserve this time of year, and lots of critters punching the clock to get the pollen and nectar collected on time.
The Beach Coreopsis flowers have blossoms about twice the size of a silver dollar, though the center isn't much bigger than a quarter [does anybody still know what those are?].
This bee spent a bit of time on this blossom, leading me to believe that there was a mess'o'powder to forage. Stop and think Leave it to the OC to build a combination automobile/bicycle/pedestrian path, each with its own lane, along a three mile stretch of the upper portion of the Newport Bay.
But that is exactly what they did.
The trail is all asphalt, with a few very small offshoots into dirt Near the entrance to the Preserve is a structure called the Muth Interpretive Center. From the literature, it sounds as if this location is used to help educate the public about the efforts to restore and maintain the refuge, and to offer educational services to local schools and families about the wildlife in the area.
Really a sweet-sounding place.
However, admittance is by invitation only, and the place is locked down tighter than Area-51.
That doesn't keep the birds from dropping by to perch on some of the structures both inside and outside the center.
This Mourning Dove sat quietly while I hid like a cat burglar behind my hiking partner and tried to get a picture. Ten photos taken, only one in focus, but I think it's a good one.
William Jones took an even snazzier one a couple of days ago, and he mentioned to me in a comment that he never realized how colorful these birds are, though they appear almost grey from a distance.
They would have always been grey to me because that is how I generally get to see them. With this one exception. This is an exquisite plant whose name I was able to find on Google this morning, but promptly lost the link. Those in the know (@throwingsofas) might nudge me in the right direction.
The blossoms are silvery-white, with very thin petals, as you can see from an example in the upper left. The rest of the plant is literally covered in little iridescent beads [Google iridescent bead flowers and prepare yourself for the biggest crafts' fair on the internet].
There are pods which contain both ruby beads and colorless beads, But the rest of the plant is encrusted with the colorless variety. I have to believe this is some form of water collection system for the plant, though I can only guess at this point.
They are unimaginably beautiful to see strewn along the path like a trail of polished gems. As we are likely to say anytime we take a picture -- the photo doesn't do them justice. C and Java fans take note! The Preserve was established back in 1975 after a fairly ferocious battle between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. I doubt there is anyone alive today who regrets the turn of events.
For one thing, huge swaths of land have been preserved [and protected] in pristine form, for another, public access through the place makes it a popular destination for runners, hikers and slow-driving tourists.
Finally, the surrounding area is almost completely developed for business, high-end residential, and hotel property.
Everybody wins...well, as long as you're willing to keep your head pointed in the direction most suited to your tastes.
It's probably a workable model only where almost everyone is working with a set of unlimited resources and is willing to put them on the line in pursuit of their interests.
A Walden for billionaires, if you wish. But I gotta admit, it seems to work. Very nice courtyard surrounded by high rise buildings. Lots of artwork and fountains to see. This photo was taken through glass, so it's not as clear. Grill em all truck! The Wite burger. Nom nom. Bacon burger with Sriacha chili paste and cream cheese. So good though! My bagel from Shirley's. Cream cheese was delicious. Parking spots all have inspirational sayings Brewery, Just ended a meeting in this cool conference room. Peach jelly. It may be a bit expensive, but it's totally worth the experience. Orange County Pet Expo - fun pets, weenie dog races, splash dog contests, agility competition, lamas , tigers oh my!!! Come by and see us today at booth 105. Having fun!!! Looking out the window in the lobby of The Michelson Building. Really unique shallow infinity pools surrounding the trees. Cool place for employees to relax. Penthouse terrace at The Michelson Building Back Bay Loop, 10.6 miles of gorgeous wildlife.
www.surfseayouandme.com Lobby at First American Title Co Hot tip from David Cedrone Little boy and his frog Interesting wall - I thought. 405 freeway slicing a path through Irvine, looking southbound, which is actually east at this point, just past Jamboree Rd. Gorgeous paddle session surrounded by nature with our NIXY Inflatable SUPs Happened to look back over my shoulder when I was in my fitness walk at lunchtime. Corrected perspective (the utility poles were leaning badly) and boosted the shadows a bit It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperDog!! Connecting the 18th and 19th floors at Hyundai Financial. Appetizers. I had to walk pretty quickly to get from my parking space to this location before I lost the light.. i’m glad I made it when I did because five minutes after I took this photo all that fabulous color was gone, And the clouds were just white One store located inside Mitsuwa that sells Japanese fruit jelly, and other dessert delicacies. My favorite is the peach jelly. It's made from high quality white peaches and it is incredibly juicy when you bite into it! >< amazing. Vegan food, twister salad wrap and native nachos, if you don't want chips I've heard it tastes good with kale. Also on Friday they have happy hour so the appetizers are 50% off!!! The manager is very nice as well! Take the family to have fun... I walk to this area every few days in hopes of catching an elusive blue heron that occasionally hangs out at a small pond nearby. I looked down on my return trip a few days ago and saw this interesting mushroom Picking up the perfect Christmas tree is not an easy task! No kidding🤣 Can anyone tell what plant this is
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Pets allowed
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center
Laundry facilities

Near South Coast Plaza

Enjoy one of the 253 all suite guestrooms of this Orange County Marriott is located a few blocks from the South Coast Plaza shopping mall. In the center of the business district, the hotel is also 1.2 miles from the airport, and 3 miles from the Bren Events Center.

Restaurant, bar/lounge

At Costa Mesa Marriott recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel also features a restaurant with a bar/lounge.

Flat-screen TVs

Air-conditioned suites feature 2 flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, a refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, and wireless Internet access. Complimentary weekday newspapers are also available.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Costa Mesa Marriott offers a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. In addition to an outdoor pool, this Orange County hotel provides a spa tub and a 24-hour fitness center. Event facilities include conference rooms, a ballroom, banquet facilities, and meeting rooms for small groups. Additionally, this property offers gift shops/newsstands, coffee in the lobby, wireless Internet access (surcharge) and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.

Costa Mesa Marriott is a smoke-free property.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Business center 
  • Conference space 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 5 
  • Restaurant 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Wired Internet access - surcharge 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Snack bar/deli 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 253 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Number of floors - 11 
  • Wedding services 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Separate living room  
  • Kitchen  
  • Snack bar/deli  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Separate dining area  
  • Sofa bed  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Wired high-speed internet ( USD 12.95 per night ), Wired high-speed internet ( USD 12.95 per day )

Available in some public areas: Wired high-speed internet ( USD 12.95 per day ), Wired high-speed internet ( USD 12.95 per day )

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Down comforter 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Pay movies 
  • Separate sitting area 
  • Balcony 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Microwave (on request) 
  • Kitchen 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Sofa bed 
  • Separate dining area 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Number of bedrooms -  
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Separate bedroom 
  • Separate living room 
  • Wired Internet access (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Hemingway's - Casual American dining, Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Room service is available during limited hours.

The restaurant also features a bar.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 150 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
Parking height restrictions apply

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 150.00 per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Fee for buffet breakfast: USD 23 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 12.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for in-room wired Internet: USD 12.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 12.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: USD 12.95 per day (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 27.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 150 per accommodation, per stay (maximum USD 100.00 per stay)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Costa Mesa Marriott
  • Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel
  • Marriott Costa Mesa
  • Costa Mesa Marriott Hotel Costa Mesa
  • Costa Mesa Marriott Suites CA - Orange County

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