Monday, October 30, 2006

then i died Posted by Picasa

My 'noir' costume Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 27, 2006

Around 9 AM, October 27th, 2006...

At this time, a fire driven by santa ana winds caught 5 firefighters who were defending a structure. Four have died, and the fifth is in critical condition. My friend at work knew Mark Loutzenhiser, the engine captain.

Most of you have probably already heard about this. At this time it looks like the fire was caused by arson. It did not even bring regrowth and revitalization to the ground it burned, because it burned in an area which has suffered too many human-caused fires already. Four good people have died beacuse of this... and I hope it does not become 5. I work in the mountains every day, and so do many close friends. The whole thing was unnecessary. I hope anyone else who would light a fire during such wind conditions would realize what a pointless and stupid thing this is to do.

Monday, October 23, 2006

My cottonwood is doing well. It looks like it might not have to worry about being shipped off to Flagstaff. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, October 22, 2006

More of my haircut Posted by Picasa

My new haircut Posted by Picasa

My attempts at sketching a frog I saw in the field. I thought it might be a rare species but it was a common type of tree frog. Posted by Picasa

My muddy car, after going to Hidden Valley with John and Will Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 20, 2006

Green Valley from Grass Mountain Posted by Picasa

Poison oak on a Bigcone Spruce (or Bigcone Douglas-Fir if you prefer, or Pseudotsuga) Posted by Picasa

A little maple Posted by Picasa

Two maples in Spruce Gulch Posted by Picasa

Painful but very pretty poison oak Posted by Picasa

There are a few lonely beavertail cacti on the edge of the basin. Posted by Picasa

This area looks like a Japanese garden. Posted by Picasa

The valley is filled with very stunted scrubby junipers, and the remnants of other shrubs killed by fire. Posted by Picasa

This is Necktie Basin, a strange hollow on Warm Springs Mountain. Local stories hold that it is so named because someone was hanged here... however there are only a few very sick cottonwoods in the valley, so it would probably have been easier to just to shoot him. The basin is covered in rocks with some desert plants. It is a weird place, probably haunted or something. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Up the creek about .1 miles there is a little seep... it mostly just consists of wet soil but if you dig a little hole in the sand, it fills with water. A few cattails and a cottonwood and a few willows are growing here. If you see cottonwoods and willows in this part of the world, it usually means water is nearby. Posted by Picasa

Marek Creek during the driest time of the year. Within the next month, rains will hopefully come, and water may come down this creek again. It is normal for the creek to be dry in early fall, but last year was so wet it ran all year. Posted by Picasa

A small Coulter Pine with the ashes of the Pines Fire in the background Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 13, 2006

Back over the bridge Posted by Picasa

an understory of bad, bad plants. Posted by Picasa

Lake near Mt Tam. Posted by Picasa

A spillway and a pool. Posted by Picasa

wine country under a building storm. It rained all night and part of the morning. Posted by Picasa

Big-leaf Maples in fall color Posted by Picasa