This week, Huell visits three beautiful and diverse missions, all very special places with flavors of historic California. Coming up on Friday, I’ll have a few slides of these three missions which were shot by my mom in the early 1980s. Huell visits these Missions in this episode: Soledad San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo San Juan Bautista (Click on the […]
Just when I started to think that winter was over and spring weather had arrived, we had a couple more storms move through our area and drop a fair amount of rain. That’s good news for the vernal pools and the creatures that call them home. It also means that the flowers that burst out from around the pools aren’t […]
I’m so impatient to dive into my 1980s slides that I haven’t really taken the time to put them in chronological order. Or any other kind of order, to be honest. So I may still have a few late 1970s shots sneaking in now and then, like this week. The easiest way to tell the difference? The length of my […]
Common mullein, also known as wooly mullein, is a common sight throughout the Folsom Lake State Recreation area. It’s an invasive weed that originally came from Europe, North Africa, and Asia. They tend to like open areas where the ground has been disturbed, and seeds can germinate even after many years of lying dormant — in fact, reading through my […]
Well, I tried out WordPress’ new block editor this past week, and I can’t say I enjoyed the experience. I try to be open minded about change; sometimes I love new stuff right away, and other times I’m fine with it after a period of adjustment. Maybe this is a case of the latter, but I spent way too much […]
Today, besides more photos of details around Mission La Purisíma Concepción I’m sharing a couple of views from Mission San Diego de Alcalá (featured in last Wednesday’s post. I don’t have any old slide images from Mission San Juan Capistrano (featured in last Wednesday’s post), but wanted to note the virtual event happening today — a celebration of the St. Joseph’s Day and the annual return of the swallows.
It’s been nearly two years since I was able to visit Anderson Marsh at Clear Lake and walk the trails, and my visit last week offered a stark example of how even a slight change in weather patterns affects the plant and animal life in vital habitats like creeks and marshes. It looks like we may be heading back into another drought year — although I’m still remaining hopeful that our latest round of storms will help. On my previous visit, in May 2019, everything was fresh and green. The inlets of Cache Creek were full; I photographed turtles sunning themselves on logs and crawdads scurrying around underwater. This time, I found evidence of a recent prescribed burn and the inlets were parched and bare. I did see a good number of birds as I hiked along — including a pair of Valley Quail foraging along the sides of the dry creek bed.
Huell visits these three Missions in this episode: San Diego de Alcala, San Luis Rey de Francia, San Juan Capistrano (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)