Bear Season

June 13, 2013

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May and June are bear season on the Monterey Peninsula. And I’m not just talking about the Seaside Police Department’s early morning bear shoot last week. May and June are the months when black bears seem most prone to wandering out of the Santa Lucia mountains and into the streets of town.

For instance … Read the rest of this entry »


Now It Can Be Told: Incredible Discoveries Shatter Conventional Wisdom on California Prehistory

November 7, 2012

The famously graceful hand designs in the Tassajara rock shelters? “Inelegant” compared to exciting and possibly vastly more ancient discoveries nearby! Read the rest of this entry »


Nervous Nellies Kick Kids Off Dennis the Menace Park Locomotive: Victory Over Fun Now Complete

July 17, 2012

Kiss it goodbye, kids

Nothing sums up the changing attitudes toward safety and security in this country better than the decline and fall of Monterey’s Dennis the Menace Park. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Douglas Iris

May 3, 2012

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) on Skinner Ridge. Read the rest of this entry »


From the Vault: The Carmel River Mouth in the 1940’s

November 30, 2011

We found some old 4X5 negatives in an envelope at the bottom of a drawer and ran them through the scanner …

This view of the Carmel River Lagoon with a “Carmel Meadows” free bluff in the background has  “Laidlaw Williams 7 Sep. ’47” sketched in tiny print along its margin. Read the rest of this entry »


The Fate of the Oaks

October 12, 2011

Trail under coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) on Big Sur’s East Molera Ridge. Quercus is derived from the Celtic quer cuez, meaning “fine tree.” Read the rest of this entry »


Zandy’s Bride at Molera: Part II

August 7, 2011

Last year we posted some photos from the set of  Zandy’s Bride – filmed at Andrew Molera State Park in 1974. The picture, starring Gene Hackman and Liv Ullman, was based on the book The Stranger in Big Sur, by Lillian Bos Ross. The set was constructed on the coastal terrace near the mouth of the Big Sur River.

As there’s been quite a bit of interest in the first batch of photos, we’ve now ventured deeper into the archives and uncovered some additional images …

View down Main St. Read the rest of this entry »


Flashback! Rancho Rico 4th of July Parties 1971-76

June 30, 2011

A cool afternoon on the beach – 1971 Read the rest of this entry »


Alta Vista Three Years After the Fire

June 15, 2011

A sky full of condors … Read the rest of this entry »


Soberanes Wildflowers

May 16, 2011

Soberanes Point as drawn by Rosa Laura Soberanes about 1888. Rosa was one of the twelve Soberanes children who grew up on the ranch that now comprises much of Garrapata State Park.

With Garrapata State Park on the closure list, we thought we’d post some photos of the wildflowers in the popular Soberanes Creek/Rocky Ridge portion of the park. We didn’t take these today (most of them were taken last Spring), but a lot of the same things – and a lot of things not pictured here – are currently in bloom. Read the rest of this entry »