Thursday, January 17, 2008

Taste of Torrance, Madrona Marsh

As much as I like the modern museum dedicated to this vernal marsh, I headed directly to the wetland across the street.

Ahoy! the first signs of wildlife were a group of harlequin beetles socializing on some native plantings.

Wildflowers made a modest appearance throughout the marsh.

First sign of water - unfortunately, it ran across the path.

A not-so-subtle reminder...

...the ducks didn't want handouts, and made a hasty retreat...

...a hawk circled, looking for lunch...

...a hummingbird the size of a cotton ball was probably too tiny to be bothered...

...however, this pooping kitty might make a suitable entree...

...and the chickens were not on the menu.

The barren trees managed to provide some lovely images.

An interesting counterpoint to the day's nature walk was this enthusiastically decorated van parked nearby:

Escape the 'urban noise', and drop by the Madrona Marsh.

The Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90503
(310) 782-3989

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