Wildflower of the Week: Pacific Hound’s Tongue

February 25, 2012

Pacific Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum grande) Read the rest of this entry »


Fooling Around on Skinner Ridge & Devil’s Peak

February 22, 2012

The views of Pico Blanco and the ocean from Skinner Ridge are at their best in the winter, when the black oaks (Quercus kelloggii) are leafless. Read the rest of this entry »


Monterey Bay Backroads Bicycling

February 20, 2012

Somewhere near Aromas

An unusually dry February means an unusually nice February for grabbing a bike and hitting the backroads of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Western Wakerobin

February 17, 2012

As anyone who read our previous post could easily have predicted, Western Wakerobin (Trillium ovatum) is our Wildflower of the Week. T. ovatum flourishes, as indicated by the photo, in damp forests – which, around here, means redwood forests. They reach the southern end of their range, along with the redwoods, on Big Sur’s South Coast. Read the rest of this entry »


Fixing Up the Little Sur Trail

February 12, 2012

More than 20 volunteers turn out for a Ventana Wilderness Alliance sponsored work day on the Little Sur Trail. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Paintbrush

February 9, 2012

Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) in Garland Regional Park

Paintbrush, or Indian Paintbrush, is one of the most easily recognized wildflowers in California. It’s found pretty much everywhere and if you spend much time outdoors you probably know it when you see it. Yet determining the species (let alone subspecies) of a given plant can be challenging. While all paintbrush may look pretty much alike to the casual observer, botanists have recognized upwards of 200 individual species – and subspecies beyond counting. Read the rest of this entry »


Why the Monterey Peninsula Hasn’t Been Able to Solve its Water Problems

February 7, 2012

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

As everyone knows, the Monterey Peninsula has been trying and failing for decades to agree on and build a water project that will “solve” the Peninsula’s water problems. With the latest plan – the Regional Desal Plant – having lost all four wheels and gone over the rail on the first turn, we think it’s time to take a look at the fundamental difference of opinion – the political divide – that has thus far made progress impossible. Read the rest of this entry »