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. Great food & show for the hold family. So take the family and enjoy the summer 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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Get an overview of this hotelCosta Mesa hotel connected to South Coast Plaza

Popular property highlights

Pets allowed
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center
Laundry facilities

Cultural enclave

Connected by pedestrian bridge to South Coast Plaza's world-class shops, The Westin South Coast Plaza is within a block of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the South Coast Repertory Theatre.

The Lobby Lounge overlooks a waterfall terrace and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Heavenly rooms

Guestrooms at this Orange County Westin hotel feature Westin Heavenly Beds with foot-thick pillowtop mattresses and Westin Heavenly Baths with 8-inch rainfall showerheads and plush bathrobes.

Languages Spoken

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This newly renovated Orange County hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to and from John Wayne Airport, as well as a surcharge shuttle to the nearby Disneyland.

A pedestrian bridge connects hotel guests to South Coast Plaza, an upscale shopping destination offering 280 boutiques and restaurants. Guests may also enjoy the heated outdoor pool and terrace, outdoor lighted tennis courts, and WestinWORKOUT®.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served in the restaurant and for guests on the move, a Grab n’ Go outlet is also offered. 24-hour room service is available.

  • Express check-in 
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Meeting rooms 26 
  • Restaurant 
  • Year Built 1975 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 3252 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 35000 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 2 
  • Total number of rooms - 394 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Number of floors - 16 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Wedding services 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Outdoor tennis courts  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access ( USD 11.99 per 24-hour period )

Available in some public areas: Wireless internet access ( USD 11.99 per 24-hour period )

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Parking

Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Shower only 
  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Television 
  • Down comforter 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • WiFi (surcharge) 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Microwave (on request) 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Video-game console 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 

Where to Eat

Lobby Lounge - Overlooking a cascading waterfall, the lounge offers a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Savor seasonally inspired Californian cuisine or relax with a classic cocktail in the bar area.

The Terrace - Poolside bar on a terrace above a waterfall. Light fare and beverages. Open seasonally; at other times, guests can call for service from a phone by the pool.

Room service - Available 24 hours.

Nearby Things to Do

The Westin South Coast Plaza has an outdoor pool; two complimentary lighted outdoor tennis courts; and a fitness center with stationary bikes, stair machines, treadmills, and strength-training equipment. Cardio machines come with individual TV.

A running path is adjacent to the hotel. Both Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are within 10 miles. Pelican Hill Golf Club and Oak Creek Golf Club are within 11 miles of the Westin.

Ecotours are available nearby.

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

  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing 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 ends at 1 AM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets stay free
  • Dogs only
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

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.
Pets allowed (no fees)

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 7.5 and USD 25 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: USD 11.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: USD 11.99 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Self parking fee: USD 27 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD 34 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.0 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

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We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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