• Sierra Foothills

    Working quietly along with quail

    by  • June 19, 2011 • Projects, Sierra Foothills

    Weeding the natural meadow I work quietly, allowing my thoughts to fade away into just being. I especially don’t think about the enormity of my goal, and the only urgency I feel is the one. The weeds are going to seed. The last three days I have spent in the natural meadow two levels...

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    Lewis Creek: The Wildflowers

    by  • June 1, 2011 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Lewis Creek is about 7 miles south of Yosemite National Park, CA. The trail all along it with the flowers,waterfalls and natural beauty are a lovely alternative to visiting the Park if you have limited time, or if you want to avoid crowds, or if the roads are snowy in the Spring. I described the trail...

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    A profusion of Pretty Face

    by  • May 19, 2011 • Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    Pretty Face, Triteleia ixioides Sunny starry yellow, Pretty Face is sometimes called Golden brodiaea or Golden Stars, and is native to California, appearing only slightly beyond the borders, according to CalFlora. This variety, found on our place and all through the Oakhurst Yosemite area, may be Triteleia ixioides ssp. scabra or Foothill Pretty Face. This pretty bulb first shows...

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    Sitting…looking up at oaks

    by  • May 6, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills

    The Oaks of the Sierra foothills “I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again ‘I know that that’s a tree’, pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: ‘This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.” —...

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    Lester Rowntree, a hardy Californian

    by  • May 1, 2011 • Garden, History, Sierra Foothills, Wildlife

    After her car could go no higher, Lester Rowntree would be accompanied by burro or mule.

    Why do they do it? Not for fortune or fame–few outside native plant circles know who they are.  People like Lester Rowntree, a plant explorer extraordinaire, who traveled the length and breadth of California to find and record the locations and characteristics of California native plants simply lived for this ‘doing.’ When’s the last time you...

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    Blue-eyed grass, a native gem

    by  • April 19, 2011 • Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring

    It’s California Native Plant Week and I’m profiling a different California native each day that is on my particular wish list.  Today is a favorite, Blue-eyed grass.   Western Blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium bellum “Out of the clover & blue-eyed grass He turned them into the river-lane; One after another he let them pass, Then fastened the...

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    How Peckinpah Mountain got its name

    by  • March 15, 2011 • History, Sierra Foothills

    After establishing our home on  Malum Ridge, looking out onto Peckinpah Mountain, I heard from neighbors about the  logging history in our town of North Fork, CA.  I became curious about the Peckinpah name and being a bit of a history buff, I decided to dig a bit further. This is what I found. Peckinpah Mountain rises...

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