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Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to nps.gov, a 'meadow is an ecosystem type composed of one or more plant communities dominated by herbaceous species. It supports plants that use surface water and/or shallow ground water.’ Meadows support many diverse species, and can be indicators of the health of the hydrology of a watershed. For example, Tuolumne Meadows, the large… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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Urban Birding: The Sepulveda Basin

If you live in the Greater Los Angeles area and you really love to watch birds, you need not go far for some fun birding. In addition to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, famous for its many peacocks, and the serene Huntington Library in San Marino, as well as the multitude of urban… Continue reading Urban Birding: The Sepulveda Basin

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A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

Giant Forest and the General Sherman Tree I love places that make me feel small, places that remind me of my infinitesimal spot in the universe. Standing among the giants of Sequoia National Park, home to some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, is a beautiful place to do just that. With… Continue reading A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

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From Pasadena, California: The 131st Tournament of Roses

It doesn’t get much more Pasadena, California than enjoying the Tournament of Roses parade on a brisk, sunny New Year’s Day. To kick off the new year and new decade, we headed up the road to Colorado Boulevard dark and early for the parade. This year’s theme was “The Power of Hope,” and we saw […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago, and… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park