Blog Profile / Sierra Nevada Ramblings

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Wetlands along the South Fork Kern River

If drought was gone and lots of rain had fallen, what do you think this area would look like? The trees are willows, the dried stalks are tules and cattails, and this is part of the floodplain of the South Fork Kern River. This landShow More Summary

California Spotted Owls

During the summer of 2014 I was part of a California Spotted Owl surveying team and spent many late nights out in the forest hooting and looking for these medium sized birds. Surveys are done for a number of reasons including to determine if the birds are present on lands that have logging or fuels projects planned. Show More Summary

Hummingbirds in the Sierra Nevada

Red flowers in the Sierra Nevada seem to attract hummingbirds in abundance this season. Trumpet shaped penstemons and other similarly shaped flowers have nectar that the hummingbirds eat, and each patch of blooming flowers seems to have...Show More Summary

Bodie Ghost Town

Have you visited a "ghost town" yet? A remnant from the 1800s gold rush era? In the eastern part of California there is Bodie State Park, which has most of an entire town sitting there, aging in the sun, preserved "as is". The remnants...Show More Summary

The Owens River, water diversions, fall colors.

Autumn scenery along the Owens River on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas is spectacular. Beginning just north of the town of Bishop and heading south, dirt roads allow access to many parts of the river and the many canals and creeks...Show More Summary

Sierra Crest and Rabbit Brush

If one photograph were all I could use to show why the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada is one of the prettiest places to be, I think this image of the Sierras with thunderheads looming above and rabbit brush in full bloom captures the idea. The large peak on the distant left is Mt. Show More Summary

Mule Deer in the Sierras

I love driving through Yosemite National Park, especially the Tuolumne Meadows area where large mammals can easily and often be seen. During the middle of the summer, a huge herd of male Mule Deer took up residence in the meadow. Early one morning as I was on my way across the park, I saw dozens of deer, all with huge racks of antlers. Show More Summary

Ravens, birds of opportunity

Throaty croaks announce the presence of the common raven, (Corvus corax). These birds are smart. They are opportunistic birds and eat all sorts of things. This past summer I visited Yosemite Valley and pulled over to take some photos of a couple of ravens that were intent upon a bit of fluff on the road. Show More Summary

Panum Crater, Mono Basin

One of the interesting aspects of the Mono Basin is the volcanic features of the area. Just a tiny bit north of the Long Valley Caldera, the area is full of craters and small volcanic bumps. Well, they look like bumps but when erupting they probably are gaseous, hot masses of oozing lava of the glowing red variety. Show More Summary

Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains

Walking amidst bristlecone pine trees is a sensual delight. The eyes get to feast upon trees that twist and turn into the most amazing shapes, with colors that range from tans to golds and browns, along with blacks and grays to the deep green of the needles. Show More Summary

Solar Eclipse May 2012

The solar eclipse of May 20th 2012 created some very artsy crescents when viewed through filtering leaf shadows.I was not in a good location to see the eclipse, with gigantic mountains rising steeply upward and the sun just about toShow More Summary

African Grey Parrot

It may not be possible to travel to other countries, but with publications and the internet, all sorts of "virtual vacationing" is possible. In this case, a calendar publication of a beautiful African Grey Parrot inspired me to browse through online photos of similar birds, and then to figure out what the forests/jungles look like where they live. Show More Summary

Bodie Ghost Town

The Bodie Ghost Town is a fascinating piece of the old American West, with dozens and dozens of wooden buildings in a state of "arrested decay" and a number of metal clad buildings too. The town was the site of a gold bonanza back in...Show More Summary

Yucca in the Sierras

One of the prettiest sites is a hillside with tall, stately yucca plants, with a backdrop of mountain scenery and blue skies. In the southern Sierra Nevada, yuccas are very common in the lower elevations. Yuccas are rather interesting flowering plants that take many years to bloom. Show More Summary

Rhododendrons along the coast

Rhododendrons in bloom are wonderful to behold. In California, they grow in sunny places in the redwood forests of the coastal mountains. With deep green, glossy foliage and vivid pink blossoms, the California rhododendrons are a treat for the eyes. Show More Summary

Huntington Gardens, CA

First impressions are often lasting, and The Huntington was Impressive with a capital I. With inspiring views, aesthetically pleasing architecture, graceful statuary, impassioned design, and a plant inventory of immense size and beauty,...Show More Summary

Desert Tortoise

Imagine the effort it takes for a brand new baby tortoise to break out of its shell. With just a baby beak to poke and bite with, and baby claws to scratch with, the shell is broken open and a new tortoise is born.When the deserts of western North America warm up during spring, the desert tortoises Gopherus agassizii, come out of hibernation. Show More Summary

California Bay Laurel

Fire in the mountains

Fire is part of living in the mountains. The day in and out rumble of fire fighting aircraft is something those who live in the hills of California experience now and then. During the summer of 2010 the Kern River Valley had 2 fires and the noise of aircraft was pretty much relentless. Show More Summary

Storms and Rock slides

The rain came down. It poured for days. Creeks formed in new places. Rivers rose, the land got soggy. And the rain came down. Rocks came down too, from the steep hill cuts along windy mountain roads. Awed residents took drives to see the flooding, the streams overflowing their banks, the raging brown water in the rivers. Show More Summary

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