An aerial photo of southern California from MODIS showing all the snow from last week's storm... most of the white in the center of the photo is snow!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
This little plant once covered the ground around the cabin with thick briars. After the fire it burned off and made it much easier to hike through the mountains... but it is coming back! It resprouts after fire and there are also lots of seedlings
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
That orange glow in the center of this photo is the Tea Fire. Last Thursday night this fire was barreling down out of the canyons straight towards Santa Barbara. It ate up a bunch of houses in Montecito, mostly because of the eucalyptus, pine, and palm trees people plant up there. At the time of this photo it was moving straight towards us from about 4 miles away and growing like mad. It could have burned up the whole city, except that the winds died down and some amazing nighttime water-dropping helicopter action knocked the fire down fast once the winds slowed down. I can't even imagine trying to fly a helicopter in 60 MPH winds near an almost vertical wall of mountains.
Anyway, I also have some amazing pics of my trip to Vermont but I haven't had time to blog them yet.