• Sierra Foothills

    Day Trip! Bald Mountain exploring

    by  • November 19, 2016 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills • 1 Comment

    2016-11 Bald Mountain 4WD

    Call of the Wild! Attention, Four Wheel drivers… The view from the top of Bald Mountain, looking down on Shaver Lake is astonishing and awe-inspiring.  The summit where the fire lookout stands is one of the highest places you can drive in the Sierra National Forest! Check out our four wheeling day up on Bald Mountain and the...

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    Trying out the new Calscape website

    by  • April 27, 2016 • Sierra Foothills • 2 Comments

    An easy tool to find CA native plants for you! Just enter your address into this database and all the CA native plants that are perfect for your garden are displayed with photos and descriptions. It’s easy and fun! Despite the wettest winter in five years, California remains in a drought which is motivating...

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    Catching up with Yosemite Nature Notes

    by  • December 13, 2015 • Sierra Foothills • 1 Comment

    Yosemite Valley

    Yosemite Nature Notes Yosemite Nature Notes is a video podcast series that tells unique stories about the natural and human history of Yosemite National Park. Produced by the National Park Service, this series features park rangers, scientists, historians and park visitors as they discuss the diverse plants and animals that make Yosemite their home,...

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    Grinding holes in the Sierra Foothills

    by  • September 23, 2015 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills • 6 Comments

    Grinding holes

    Looking into the Sierra Foothill’s past Generations ago —women would gather at these spots to grind their acorn meats. “That’s where they would go get to work. That’s their kitchen — they would keep that very clean,” “You’ll find different holes at different depths. Traditionally, they like a shallower hole to pound the acorn...

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    Finding Seven Rock

    by  • August 4, 2015 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills • 2 Comments

    Seven 7 rock

    Locating a local landmark 7 Rock is a landmark referred to in the coverage of the recent Willow Fire, smoldering now, as this is written. Just where is 7 rock? ‘7 Rock’ is a granite formation surrounded by green pine trees, high on a mountain in the Sierra national Forest. It can be found...

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    New gardening column debuts in Sierra Star | News | SierraStar.com

    by  • April 30, 2015 • Sierra Foothills • 2 Comments

    A new column,”Sierra Foothill Gardener,” is debuting in today’s edition of the Sierra Star. Written by Sue Langley of North Fork, the column will provide valuable and informative gardening tips and ideas for Sierra Star and sierrastar.com readers. Langley was a member of the Oakhurst Mountain Laurel Garden Club for six years, serving as...

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    The Lavender Experiment

    by  • May 11, 2014 • Sierra Foothills • 8 Comments

    Lavender fields

    What happens if you don’t trim lavender? You all may know I like garden experiments. For the last two years I’ve been experimenting with my Spanish lavender field and NOT trimming the blooms off. This is the field a week ago that I’ve not trimmed OR watered and as I went up to inspect,...

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    The season of clouds and light

    by  • November 20, 2013 • Fall, Sierra Foothills • 2 Comments

    Wispy clouds settle on the pines

    November’s first rains start the season I call Clouds and Light. After months of brilliant blue, sunny skies, the weather and wildlife are the stars of the show… The garden is buttoned up, the last of the garden’s produce picked and there is a rest for the gardener, finally. With the Peckinpah Ridge as...

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