Category Archives: Southern California Mountains

If You Feel the Same Twenty Years Hence: The Legacy of Colonel Charles Young

  “They wanted to name a tree for our captain but he refused, saying they could do so if they felt the same way, twenty years hence and they compromised on one for Booker T. Washington.” —Philip Winser   Sequoia … Continue reading

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Drawing Inspiration from the Parks

Every year John Brantingham, Ann Brantingham, Scott Creley and I teach art, science, and poetry at a weeklong volunteer camp in Sequoia National Park. We watch bears, hike to see marmots and the world’s largest tree, and help with park maintenance … Continue reading

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Help Map Puerto Rico

As of today, 31% of Puerto Rico still doesn’t have running water, and those that have it cannot trust that it is clean since Hurricane Maria hit. Only 16% of the island has electricity today, and nearly all 3.5 million people … Continue reading

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The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument: From the Bottom to the Top

The rugged San Gabriel Mountains overlook 10 million people in the Los Angeles Basin, but few venture into their reaches. This might not be the case much longer — On October 10th, 2014 President Obama established the San Gabriel Mountains … Continue reading

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The Karl Marx Tree

In the Fall of 1885 a group of socialist utopians created The Kaweah Colony in the Giant Forest in what is now Sequoia National Park.  Their community was based equal work and equal compensation for men and women.  The colonists filed … Continue reading

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Current Exhibitions

Some Crust Bakery Now through October 3rd, 2015   My paintings and photographs will be featured at Some Crust Bakery in the Claremont Village from now through October 3rd.  Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or coffee to check it out. … Continue reading

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Why are there so many bears in the Wolverton Campground? A History

George Melendez Wright Conducts an Early Biological Survey Anyone who camps at Wolverton in Sequoia National Park is likely to see a large number of black bears during their stay. Although Wolverton was a Boy Scout Camp from 1939-2011, today … Continue reading

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The Island Fox

Santa Catalina Island, is one of the eight Channel Islands, off the coast of Southern California.  The Channel Islands are semi-arid coastal sage scrub communities, but many of the islands have been heavily damaged by farming, mining, military operations, and invasive … Continue reading

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Davidson Arch

Big Pines, California Why is there a castle tower on the roadside as you pass the visitors’ center in Big Pines, California? In the early 1920s, R.F. McClellan, the chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, decided that Big Pines, … Continue reading

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Art Walk December 13, 2014

Come check out my latest work, along with poetry by Scott Creley and John Brantingham at Loft Beats this Saturday night!    

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This American Life: Act Four- Rancho Cucamonga Parks

This week’s This American Life               Episode 534: A Not so Simple Majority, illustrates how important it is that we share responsibility for the goods that benefit us all. It mirrors the campaign to split the West side of Rancho Cucamonga … Continue reading

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No to Park Districts in Rancho Cucamonga

One City, One Community: Why the West Side of Rancho Cucamonga Should Not be Split into Eight Streetlight and Park Funding Districts The West Side of Rancho Cucamonga should not be split into eight streetlight and park funding districts.  We live … Continue reading

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Squirrel Species Mapping

WANTED California Tree Squirrels Download the App Have you seen me? Participate in a real scientific research project that will map tree squirrels throughout California! Why help? Two of California’s four day active tree squirrel species are native to the … Continue reading

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Mt. Baldy Mudslide

Support the Mt. Baldy Flood Relief Fund Created by Caylee Mitchell A summer storm this weekend caused huge mudflows in Mt. Baldy and many other Southern California communities.  In Mt. Baldy, six homes have been red tagged for demolishment, and … Continue reading

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Vertical Zonation Tour: Mojave Desert to Pine Mountain

Vertical Zonation Tour Mojave Desert to Pine Mountain      Enjoy a Google Earth tour featuring the vertical zonation, or changes in ecosystem and species composition, as you rise from the desert floor in the Mojave near Valyermo, California, and climb … Continue reading

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The Unique Love Between a Sequoia, a Squirrel, and a Beetle

How does a giant sequoia, Sequoiadendron sempervirens, spread its seeds? It’s not as simple as you might think.  Seed dispersal takes a number of forms involving two different mutualistic relationships. a. The first, and most obvious, way is when the seed … Continue reading

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Mountain Lions and Plane Crashes

It’s been an exciting week in the foothills! On Saturday, July 12, police shot a mountain lion that had been traveling from yard to yard approximately two miles south of the foothills, well into the suburban neighborhoods of Rancho Cucamonga.  According to KPCC, sightings … Continue reading

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Squirrel in a Hawk’s Talons

March 8, 2013 Visitors along the old road of San Antonio Canyon heard a long series of squeals, as a red tailed hawk carried a squirrel, still alive, down the canyon below Barrett Stoddard Road while a crow darted around … Continue reading

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Friends Always – Friends Forever

During a recent hike in Eaton Canyon, I passed a group of fathers and sons.  The fathers tended to all of the boys equally, helping them over rocks, telling them the lame jokes all fathers tell, and making sure no … Continue reading

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Mastodons, Mammoths, and Big Horn Sheep

December 19th, 2013 In our attempt to dodge the precipitation that was scheduled all over Southern California we covered a lot of ground and biomes.  We found some interesting places, both natural and man made. – Riverside south of the … Continue reading

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Yellowstone Falls

The Yellowstone Falls Permarainbow July 26th, 2013  

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