Plants for “Friendship,” “Luck” in the New Year

While Christmas is often thought of as a time for family, New Year is considered a time for friends.

Top Idyllwild-area 2011 nature photos

The top wildlife photos are reprinted for your enjoyment ...

A candy cane stroll

Festive giant candy canes create a meandering snowy path for Christmas shoppers in Idyllwild ...

Camelias go center stage for winter blooms

There is no need to wait for spring to enjoy the beauty of blooms ...

Locals observe lunar eclipse from a mile high

The year's second lunar eclipse was Saturday night ...

Blue heron lunch

This blue heron is having lunch in a Mountain Center backyard.

Sharp-skinned hawk spotted

This sharp-shinned hawk is perched on a smooth manzanita limb and keeps a watchful eye out for prey.

Forest Service project attacks tamarisk

In September, the Forest Service carried out its long planned foray against the expanding tamarisk in Pinyon and Palm Canyon. Kate Kramer, Forest Servcie biologist, who did the planning, led the team which Outward Bound kids also joined in the tamarisk assault. Below, Kramer explains the tamarisk biology to one of the Outward Bound participants.

Angel Trees a giving opportunity

The Angel Tree at the BBVA Compass bank contains gift tags each listing a child’s Christmas wishes.