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Even though our recent trip to Clear Lake was only three days long, we experienced so many different kinds of weather it made for a very memorable time. The day we arrived was windy, with dark clouds threatening — not exactly ideal for a fishing trip. It rained off and on all night, and we woke to yet more black […]

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Waiting for the bloom

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 […]

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Memory Monday, Week 142

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 […]

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Wooly Mullein

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 […]

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California Missions, Part 6

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.

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