My house is a little bit like an archeological site. The past tends to get buried and forgotten, and it takes some sort of minor upheaval to bring it up again, in bits and pieces. Some of these fragments of the past aren’t even really mine, so they’re that much more mysterious. Almost 20 years ago I somehow came into […]
The Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans) is one of my favorite birds, and not only because these small flycatchers feast on all sorts of pesky flying insects! They are easy to recognize, and I’ve gotten pretty good at capturing them with my camera as they sit perched near the end of tree branches waiting for a meal to pass by. Catching […]
I’ve probably said this before, but my favorite feature of Google Photos is the highlights from previous years. Sometimes I’ll get a pleasant surprise when I see a picture I’ve completely forgotten about from a year ago, or three, five or even more. This time of year without fail I start contemplating ways to escape the valley heat — even […]
I’m not too sure about blaming the sea otters for the disappearance of the famous Pismo Beach clams — but the good news is that the clams seem to be making a comeback these days! While the truly big specimens have yet to be found, the population is now being carefully monitored, and hopefully will continue to thrive in the […]
Cool memories of the ocean on yet another hot summer day in the Sacramento Valley.
As promised, this week I’m continuing the trip through South America as depicted in my flea market photo album. The album contains over 100 images, split between colorful postcards and personal photos. In going through all these pictures, I’m already learning quite a lot — and also wondering I was never taught much about South America in school. While I’m […]
We are now in the midst of summer, and while the sizzling temperatures have eased — for the moment — every day seems to bring warnings of new wildland fires somewhere in California. Per my weather app, the nearest active fire to me this afternoon is 44 miles away. Yesterday though, the Sac Metro Fire Department responded to two separate […]
Sadly, the friendly folks (and their pets) who guided Huell during his visit back in 2004 are no longer around; and although the Masonic Caves are still there, they are certainly not the huge tourist attraction that other nearby caves are, like the nearby Black Chasm Cavern National Landmark or, a bit further south, California Cavern State Historic Landmark, not to mention the Mercer Caverns near Murphys. These smaller caves just outside of the town of Volcano are quite easy to miss. But this episode is a perfect example of the sort of “serendipity adventure” that makes Huell’s shows so much fun to watch. I especially love the way the cat and the dog tag along during the tour! Huell’s off to Amador county and the town of Volcano. It was once a thriving, gold mining town in the 1850s and 1860s, but Huell has set off to discover the mysterious cave in this mountain community which served as a Masonic lodge. (Click on the linked image below to see the video.)