• Sierra Foothills

    Hot as an oven, …a California ghost town

    by  • September 2, 2011 • Field Trip, History, Sierra Foothills, Something different, Summer • 7 Comments

    St Catherine's Church cemetery, little ovens

    Field Trip: Hornitos On a recent photo trek through the area between the Sierra foothills and the Central Valley of California, the little tiny town of Hornitos was found, baking in the 105 degree heat. My brother Ken accompanied me. Quiet and deserted now, the one-street town once had 15,000 people living there, Mexicans...

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    Soap Plant in full bloom

    by  • July 24, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills • 5 Comments

    Soap plant close up

    Studying the singular Soap Plant As the season passes, the Soap Plant is on the wane, still over 7 feet tall, waving over the drying meadow and garden. Here is a record of its life cycle here in the Sierra foothills. Wavyleaf Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum Startling at first, this strange plant is really very...

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