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The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

The holidays are a time for spending time with family and friends. These gatherings are often centered around food, and in our circles, an abundance of sweet treats and fun- sometimes adult- beverages. Holiday baking is a long family tradition, especially with my girls. From preparing for winter school events to family gatherings, there's nothing… Continue reading The Nerdy Birdy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

american west, california, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation, writing

Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

According to the National Park Service, 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… Continue reading Meadow or Field: Nature-Watching at Yosemite

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America’s Everglades

One of the Everglades' famous alligators While on a short hop to Miami, Florida, in the southeastern United States, we decided to spend a day at Everglades National Park nearby. The South Florida peninsula is naturally a wetland, and water once freely flowed from Lake Okeechobee south to the Florida Bay. Manmade activities and development,… Continue reading America’s Everglades

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Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air literally were hundreds if not thousands of butterflies fluttering along my route. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarm of butterflies heading… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies