Blog Profile / Sierra Nevada Ramblings

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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

An oasis in the Mohave Desert, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to visit if desert beauty appeals to you. Small streams meander throughout the site, filled with tiny fish, and a few boardwalk trails with interpretive signs allow you to get right next to the streams and watch the pupfish zip about. Show More Summary

Great Basin Bristlecone Pines

The oldest trees on planet earth grow in the desert mountains of California, Nevada, and Utah, way up high at close to 10,000' in elevation. Take one of these old trees and look at the tightly packed growth rings under magnification, then count. 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

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

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

Sierra Nevada scenery

The Sierra Nevada mountains are impressive. They are tall, rising to 14,000 ft above sea level, and that rise begins just a little above sea level on the western side, with lots of foothills and a gradual rise as one moves east. On the...Show More Summary

California Bay Laurel

Needles Lookout Tower, 2010

The Needles Lookout Tower has an awe inspiring location, perched atop a granitic pinnacle in the heart of Sequoia National Forest, California.Getting to the tower takes a bit of driving along windy mountain roads, including a couple miles of rugged dirt road that challenges low clearance vehicles to a game of chicken, at least this season. Show More Summary

Favorite Perch

The rock was a busy one. First one bird, then another used it as a perch. Gulls, blackbirds. The gray gull was first. It sat on the rock overlooking the sea, just another gull enjoying a moment on a rock, most likely hoping for a handout from this human. Show More Summary

Giant Sequoias in the Mist

Giant Sequoia trees in the fog are ethereal, almost there, until you walk next to one and physically feel the tree. If the fog is thick enough, even 20 feet away the trees become ghostly and seem to disappear, fading into the mist.With...Show More Summary

Wind Wolves Nature Preserve

In the southernmost part of the San Joaquin Valley of central California lies a nature preserve that holds remnant grasslands and all sorts of foothill/grassland plants and animals. A visit to this little known preserve during spring,...Show More Summary

When things burn

Okay, I've been bad and have not added anything to this site in a long while. Bad me. I did not burn up, nor did my computer, although other places in my state have burned, and burned hotly. Husband has gone off on a fire or two, just little things compared to the big conflagration in southern California that burned 160,000+ acres. Show More Summary

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

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