Fall in Hitchcock Canyon

October 30, 2010

A Hallowe’en sonnet …

In Fall tarantulas walk slowly on

The acorn scattered ground beneath the oaks.

The thirsty deer eat buckeye bark at dawn.

They do not dare to drink where shadow cloaks

The hidden pools along the drying creek.

They smell the soft and shallow breath of pale

Gold lions, crouching silent, there to seek

A kill beside the narrow creekside trail.

The leaves of poison oak turn red and whirl

In drifts along the paths like burning snow.

Beside their dens the foxes stand and curl

Their whiskers back as wind begins to blow.

Tarantulas turn acorns with their feet,

Big spiders slowly walking in the heat.


Arroyo Seco Gorge Rescue

October 17, 2010

We don’t know why so many people scramble up the sides of the Arroyo Seco Gorge into places they can’t get down from – or why so many people crack their heads diving into shallow water there – but they’ve been doing it for years. Here’s a video someone shot of this weekend’s rescue … Read the rest of this entry »

Thunder to the South

October 2, 2010

Storm cells bring rain and lightning to San Luis Obispo County this evening, as seen across Lake San Antonio from a hillside near Lockwood. Read the rest of this entry »