Bamboo and Lotus

A cool, overcast day in late August was the perfect setting for me as I wandered through the Temperate Asia section of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. It’s really difficult for me to choose a favorite experience from my visit to this beautiful arboretum — but walking through the small bamboo forest on this soft late-summer morning is certainly right […]

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Jester protea

I fell in love with these colorful flower heads as soon as I spotted them in the South Africa section of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden. My first impression was of a giant pearl, wrapped in white yarn and guarded by a circle of erect red petals. I later learned that each large flower head contains numerous flowers, and the […]

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New Zealand Nikau palm

It’s been five years since my last visit to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, and I hadn’t actually planned on going back this year. But my arrival in the city on Monday was so hectic that all I could think about was a peacefull stroll through this beautiful and varied section of Golden Gate Park. Although I was a little […]

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In the fire zone

As I’ve watched the news about the Caldor fire in the El Dorado Forest, I can’t help thinking about our June daytrip up Highway 50 to Cody Lake. That area, which also contains a Scout camp, seems to be in the path of the flames. The Big Guy had been planning to look for deer around there during the archery season. Of course, the spoiling of our plans is nothing at all compared to the destruction of the forest and the impact it has on wild creatures. I’m not sure how much this area will be impacted, but I keep reminding myself that if it does burn, nature will restore the habitat, in time.

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Up the hill

We try to drive up to the mountains at least once a year in the summertime; it’s a great way to get out of the house and away from the valley heat, if only for a few hours. I don’t believe we made one of these day trips last year, but a couple of days ago we headed “up the […]

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