I’m lichen it

I didn’t hike terribly far the other day when we went out to the south fork of the American River near Salmon Falls. I didn’t even get down to the water; but it was such a beautiful spring-like day and there were so many great things to look at that it was impossible to get bored. And I’m always irresistibly drawn to the intricate shapes of the lichen and moss — this time of year, they seem to be all over the rocks and boulders and covering many of the bushes and trees. Macro photography opportunies are everywhere!

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More Mendocino

This morning I realized that creating posts on my phone while away from my computer lately has led me to accidentally use the same photos more than once since Christmas. I guess my remark yesterday about still having images to share is really true — especially if I reuse the same ones over and over! So even though it’s taken […]

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Seaside in September

Cook's Beach

I haven’t been doing any hiking lately — something which I really need to remedy before long! — but happily I’m still working my way through photos shot over the past four or five months. That includes these images from southern Mendocino County. We stopped only briefly to check out the Cook’s Beach spot, which is located between Gualala and […]

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Sportsman’s paradise

You may recall that in previous years I’ve posted photos showing the inside of the Cabela’s store in Fort Worth, Texas, as seen during my late December visits. It’s really impossible to overstate how seriously the folks in Texas feel about fishing and football; and since the Big Guy isn’t into football, we usually end up visiting the giant Cabela’s […]

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Coastal landscapes

I’ve visited the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands a few times now, entering from both the north and south gates, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface in exploring this amazing place. I feel lucky to have found it, and I’m grateful that the land was made available to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management so that people like […]

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The Adventure Continues… Poinsettias

This Wednesday I’ve decided to repeat one of my favorite Christmas episodes that I originally featured back in 2018. Just as I wrote the first time I shared this 2004 episode of California’s Gold, I thought it would be good to take another look at where and how these beautiful Christmas flowers are grown and their history in Southern California. Although the Eckes were a huge part of the poinsettia industry for nearly 100 years, the family sold their ranch in 2015, and the job of producing all those beautiful poinsettia plants now belongs to a Dutch company known as Dümmen Orange. I would note (again) that the ‘crazy’ colors that frequently show up in the stores this time of year are not a special variety but are dyed with a substance that doesn’t harm the plants. And if you’re wondering about the best way to care for your poinsettia plant, the Laidback Gardener has some really great advice on his blog. Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell as he meets Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them […]

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Summer at Caples Lake

We haven’t been up to the Kirkwood area on Highway 88 since last summer, although I believe that Caples Lake was spared from the worst effects of the Caldor Fire. And while snow is thin on the ground at Kirkwood just now, the area is on a winter storm watch this week, with 8-12 inches of snowfall predicted. Here’s a […]

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