Blue Rock Ridge Wildflowers

April 26, 2010

Blue Rock Ridge starts in Cachagua near the Los Padres Dam, quickly enters the Ventana Wilderness, and rises all the way to the Big Pines area at the headwaters of Danish Creek. But it’s not a smooth ascent. There’s a lot of up and down along the way. The “Big Box” fireline, created during the Marble Cone Fire and reopened twice since, runs along the top. It’s a great place for ticks, poison oak and, outside of the dozer scar, for wildflowers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rationing and Ruin! State Water Board Cease and Desist Order Goes Into Effect

April 22, 2010

The Carmel River meets the ocean

A Santa Clara County judge today removed the temporary injunction, imposed last November by a Monterey County judge, and allowed the much-feared Cease and Desist Order (limiting Cal-Am’s ability to pump from the Carmel River) to go into effect. Read the rest of this entry »


Garzas Creek Wildflowers

April 17, 2010

Garzas Creek flows through Garland Regional Park. We didn’t see any garzas today, but if you look carefully you’ll see a couple of patos.

Here’s some of what’s currently blooming in the Garzas Creek area … Read the rest of this entry »


Lifestyles of the Pebble Beach Homeless

April 10, 2010

As enormous wealth lives always side by side with abject poverty, it’s no surprise that Pebble Beach has a healthy homeless population. Since most of the work available (making beds, scrubbing floors, blowing leaves, etc.) doesn’t come close to paying for housing, many people live in cars and vans, parked unobtrusively at night in residential neighborhoods. Others seek shelter in the woods. Read the rest of this entry »


Molera Wilderness Proposal Withdrawn

April 7, 2010

An unnamed stream flows through a trailless redwood forest deep within the proposed Molera Wilderness

In response to vigorous opposition from locals worried that the plan would interfere with future firefighting efforts, Assembly Member Bill Monning has withdrawn his proposal to give State Wilderness designation to a portion of the Molera State Park backcountry. Read the rest of this entry »


Desal Agreement Makes Chumps of Monterey Peninsula Ratepayers

April 6, 2010

The Monterey Peninsula: “Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.”

When a deal to finance and run a major water project is worked out in secret and only revealed to the public two days before Easter weekend, with the Board of Supervisors scheduled to approve it the following Tuesday (i.e. today), you can pretty much bet that someone is getting a bad deal. Read the rest of this entry »


Southern Diablo Range Wildflower Excursion

April 3, 2010

Time to head inland and see what’s blooming in the arid hills of the southern Diablo Range (these sunflowers are Coreopsis bigelovii) Read the rest of this entry »