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Thursday, June 30, 2016

See the Oaks Calabasas Fire Part 2

Sometimes fire creates opportunity.
The oaks in the Calabasas fire may be toasted, but not taken down.
 Firefighters saved the park structures.
And the non native grasses and shrubs burned.
 But there is hope for new growth! 
Pre-fire pre drought park view.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

After the Fire - Calabasas, CA

We all dread it.
There's nothing like suddenly smelling smoke from a wildfire.
 Where is it? Is it close?
This one was just a few miles away. Car accident into a power pole.

Brushfires burn hot and fast in the bone dry chaparral in Southern California. 
Our native oaks and black walnut trees have seen it before.
 They scorch, but still stand.
white ash covers the hill
the leaves may burn but the young walnuts survive
Using the highway as a firebreak, the firefighters stopped the 500+ acre blaze from burning homes and businesses.  

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Walk back in time from Modern Seoul, Korea.

Walk from modern Seoul through the palaces and gardens of an earlier time.
Located in northern Seoul, South Korea - Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty built in 1395.
The gardens are beautiful, and have surprises in the water!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Night Sounds - Listen in at Massacre Rocks State Park, Idaho

It's hard to find a quiet place when you're on the road.
We camped at Massacre Rocks State Park in Idaho - a great stop.
Only issue -  the road is a bit close....
 This is park is right along the famous Oregon Trail. Listen in!

 The insects were loud, but the road was a bit louder - even at 2 am!
 Watch the moon for a while and listen to the night.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Bladderpod Burbank and Bees! See Native plants in Burbank, CA

 Our friends in Burbank, CA have a really nice native garden in their backyard.
Watch bees come to the flowers!
A native shrub - the bladderpod  - Isomeris arborea.
Bees love it! A mini oasis in Burbank!
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Discover the Headwaters of the Los Angeles River (least sandpipers, American crows) 
Hike Limekiln Canyon Park, CA (Pacific tree frog, western fence lizard)