Debris Flow in Pfeiffer Creek Closes Highway

April 7, 2009

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Today’s rain set off a debris flow in Pfeiffer Creek. The flow may have put some water into the Big Sur Lodge. The highway is completely blocked and is expected to remain closed until sometime tomorrow. The Big Sur CATS site has posted some pictures. Read the rest of this entry »


Pinnacles Wildflowers

April 5, 2009

The sun is out and the flowers are blooming at Pinnacles National Monument.

Here’s a little of what we saw today …

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This is a field of Tufted Poppies (Eschscholzia caespitosa).

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9 Months After the Fire – Photos Taken When the Ground was Hot Compared to Photos Taken Yesterday

April 3, 2009

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Stinging Lupine (Lupinus hirsutissimus) becomes the first plant to recolonize a severely burned slope. Read the rest of this entry »


Broad Coalition Backs Return to Early Silurian Conditions Along Big Sur Coast

April 1, 2009

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Death Valley’s “Early Silurian” landscape attracts plenty of tourists

The Big Sur Property Owners Association announced today that they are asking the Forest Service and other agencies to manage public lands in the Big Sur area so as to return those properties to the natural conditions prevalent during the Early Silurian period, more than 425 million years ago.

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