This Del Mar photographer seeks the light fantastic via time-lapse videos

By Peter Jensen with Thomas Close



Del Mar resident Thomas Close has his camera set up nearly every day for spectacular time-lapse artworks. You’ll often find him on the bluffs and beaches of Del Mar at sunset (this photo of Tom with faithful companion ”Sawyer” was taken in Del Mar, not at Torrey Pines). 


He also loves the Extension near Red Ridge as a place to catch the pink rays of dawn or a sunset’s fade to indigo. His time-lapse work is especially moving (no pun intended) as it captures the changing colors and marching clouds of our coastal skies. 


A retired United Airlines pilot, Tom has a special knack for being at the ready with his digital camera during the tumultuous weather and cloud-sailing skies we’ve been having this winter. Here are three of his Vimeo-posted works specific to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. One of them with Del Mar guitar-virtuoso Pepe Romero accompaniment.

On The Come-Back Trail to High Point

Scripps Foundation-funded improvements are almost complete

By Peter Jensen 2017

Poor High Point! A good number of trees have died here in recent years, victims of the drought, and the old railing made of peeler poles was usually in a state of falling-down disrepair. But this trail is finally on the “come back.”


Thanks to a generous grant from the Scripps Family Foundation last year, and the hard work of a private contractor joined by park maintenance and Docent crews, a new railing and bench are in, and the Reserve’s service crew is started on re-vegetation of the trailhead beside the road leading to the original Guy Fleming House. 


The High Point handrail may shock some of you at first. For starters, it’s brand new, so the galvanized pipes stand out visually. Weathering is expected, and this should mute the raw-looking newness a great deal. We are told that the railing may be painted at a later date to blend it into the landscape (if necessary). State Parks officials specified galvanized pipe for longevity, affordability and to meet State Park railing standards.

TPA Wildflower Hike 2017

Even though this year there are not many wildflowers, TPA members and docents alike enjoyed their stroll along the Guy Fleming Trail. Our amazing guide, docent and wildflower enthusiast Margaret Fillius shared a wealth of information. The hikers learned not only about wild flowers but about different kinds of pollination, native and invasive plants, the history of the Reserve, and so much more. If  you missed the hike and would like to learn more, check out Margaret Fillius' book "Native Plants" in the Lodge gift store. Bring your TPA membership card and receive a 10% discount at the store. Membership expired? Renew here!

TPA Helps Protect Rarest Plant in SoCal

Torrey Pines Association supports The Chaparral Lands Conservancy's Rarest Plant Project to save and expand the rarest population of the Dudleya at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Extension in Del Mar Heights. Off-trail walking is the leading threat to this population. Conservation efforts include fencing, signing, and public outreach for the Dudleya as well as establishing several new populations of Orcutt's spineflower. That is the only other San Diego County native plant that is rarer than the Dudleya and that also grows at the TPSNR Extension.

What's behind-the-scenes at the Reserve?

Did you know that ten hens live in the Los Penasquitos Lagoon to help protect us from West Nile Virus? Would you like to know more about this and other things happening behind the scenes at the Reserve? Our new membership benefits include behind the scenes tours that take you to spots not accessible to the general public. Stay tuned for new membership levels and benefits coming soon!

Torrey Pines Association

P.O. Box 345
La Jolla, CA 92038