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Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

Outside Idyllwild: Where are they now? …

During April, May and June, we saw the annual stampede of Pacific Crest Trail hikers come through Idyllwild. The PCTers, as I call them, were everywhere in town. You saw them at the post office, grocery store, restaurants, coffee shop, motels, campgrounds, library and walking (sometimes limping) up and down the roads in town.   […]

Outside Idyllwild: Another day, another sunset …

Outside Idyllwild: Another day, another sunset …

Well here we are again, still stuck in a monsoonal flow of hot, humid (by Southern Californian standards), cloudy, lightning stormy, thunderous and wet weather.   I made the mistake of telling Miss Wyoming that we virtually never get rain in the summertime but Sunday night’s lightning and rain has totally made me into a […]

Outside Idyllwild: Blue skies and white puffy clouds …

Outside Idyllwild: Blue skies and white puffy clouds …

It certainly has been an interesting summer with a strange monsoonal flow of thunderhead clouds building up almost every day for over a month.   Nearly 30 years ago, in the early 1980s, I remember this much lighting, thunder and rain for a period lasting this long. Some of you Hillbillies may remember The Baker […]

Outside Idyllwild: Reliving summer through pictures …

As Labor Day approaches, signaling the end of summer, I find myself looking back at all the fun things that I had the pleasure to see and photograph this year. For yours truly, it was indeed the summer of nature photography. I went from snap shots of lakes, mountains and the occasional flora and fauna […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

The butterfly season is almost done for the year. It was a good season for wildflowers and that made it a good year for butterflies and bees. In the past week I have seen the painted lady, western tiger swallowtail, mylitta crescent, marine blue, an all white and a Lorquin’s admiral butterflies. It would seem […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

It was a very interesting weekend in Idyllwild to say the least.   We started off going to Idyllwild Arts Academy on Friday night for a very enjoyable chamber music concert. On Saturday morning, we headed out to the Nature Center for the Butterfly Daze festivities. Saturday afternoon, we had a light show, thunderstorm with […]

Baby raccoons sharing a lunch of nuts.

Outside Idyllwild: Close encounters of the furry kind …

This is the year for small mammals, including chipmunks, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels and gophers. I don’t remember ever seeing so many baby rabbits and chipmunks in the past. I seem to be seeing them every time I walk out my door.   In contrast, I have seldom seen or heard coyotes this season. Where are […]

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

Outside Idyllwild: Photographing birds; it’s harder than I thought …

We live in a place that is filled with bird life. You can’t go outside your door without seeing all manner of avian species. They are in the air, in the trees and on the ground; yet unless you are lucky or have the right equipment it is not easy getting a good photograph of […]

Outside Idyllwild: Birding on the Hill …

Outside Idyllwild: Birding on the Hill …

One of the best things about living in a forest is seeing the wide array of wildlife that lives in the trees and under the forest canopy.   In the summer, I, for one, spend a good deal of my time adding as many bird species as I can to my list. Although unlike most […]

Outside Idyllwild: Flora to fauna …

Outside Idyllwild: Flora to fauna …

On Saturday, I decided to take the climbers’ trail to Suicide Rock. The day before I had gotten two reports of lemon lilies, one on Deer Springs Trail and the other about half way up the climbers trail.   Since I have not been on the climbers trail in a while and Sue had never […]

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