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Outside Idyllwild: Lake Hemet…

Outside Idyllwild: Lake Hemet…

Last week I left off where I was driving and then walked along the road to Lake Hemet. Once I returned to my car, I drove to the parking lot and immediately noticed that the lake was even smaller than my last visit about three weeks before. Many interesting plants were growing above the sandy […]

Outside Idyllwild: Two trips to Garner Valley …

Outside Idyllwild: Two trips to Garner Valley …

On July 3, I woke at sunrise, quickly dressed and went outside to check out the morning sky. Lots of cottonball puffy clouds filled the southern sky with just enough blue showing through to make for a dramatic golden hour. I went inside, packed up my gear and headed out to Garner Valley to see […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

When it comes to taking pictures of butterflies, relying on luck only gets you so far. To increase my odds and bring the butterflies to me, I purchased two butterfly bushes and put them out in my front yard. I checked the bushes, which have beautiful flowers, morning, noon and night for two weeks with […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies of Idyllwild …

Their life cycle is truly magnificent, from tiny egg, to larva, to caterpillar, to silk cocoon and finally they metamorphosize into butterflies. Butterflies: The word itself has a magical sound. In their relatively short time as adults, they feed and mate and the whole process starts over again. I enjoy taking photos of beautiful wildflowers […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

This week saw trips down to the Grotto on Strawberry Creek, hunting giant dandelions on and off Tollgate Road, a trip up to Humber Park, yet another visit to the meadow on South Circle and Tahquitz, and two trips down to the Hub (behind Idyllwild Arts). Last year I found Hooker’s evening primroses (Oenothera elata) […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 2 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 2 …

This past week’s heat wave put most of my afternoon outdoor activities on hold. After my morning outings, it was so hot I retreated indoors to sit by a fan or to a shady spot, hoping for a little breeze to come up and cool me down. In California, they call hot, dry days earthquake […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013 …

This week I have made several trips to various Hill locales blessed with wild flowers. I visited the following sites: Lake Fulmor (twice), County Park (thrice), Inspiration Point, Dark Canyon, Marion Mountain, and Highway 243 near Cedar Glen. I also stopped by Lily Rock Native Gardens and generally kept my eyes peeled for anything interesting […]

Outside Idyllwild: The merry, merry month of May …

Outside Idyllwild: The merry, merry month of May …

May has been a very interesting month for sure. May saw the annual Pacific Crest Trail migration, the Idyllwild Earth Fair, the wildflower show at the Nature Center, the return of Dr. Michael Hamilton for a visit, Memorial Day weekend yard sales and many other art and cultural events. May also saw a trip to […]

Outside Idyllwild: The Earth Fair cometh …

The 24th annual Idyllwild Earth Fair is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. I would use the term “comes to town” but that is more in tune with a traveling circus than a homegrown event like the Idyllwild Earth Fair. No event could be more grassroots than our very own celebration of our […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and Sully …

Outside Idyllwild: Flora and Sully …

It is Monday morning as I write this column and the sounds of rain are all around me. The unmistakable sounds of cars driving on the wet pavement were a happy wake-up call. I feel like a farmer whose crops of wildflowers are now safe from drought. Southern California is now safe from wildfires, at […]

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