April 11, 2020 Telegraph Peak California

Telegraph Peak

In the modern era, this is one of my photos that has long puzzled me. This is Telegraph Peak, shot from near the top of Mt. Baldy’s ski resort’s Thunder Mountain, taken May 15, 2005 (more...)...

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August 8, 2018 At Least We Have The Beach California

At Least We Have The Beach

I am sorry—I just can’t bring myself to write about the California wildfires. If you want quality coverage (more...)...

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December 26, 2015 A Blue, Blue Christmas California

A Blue, Blue Christmas

If you can’t be in Mammoth today, I guess Los Angeles isn’t too shabby right now either. 🙂 A very Merry Christmas to you and yours—and a Happy (and snowy) New Year! (more...)...

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August 8, 2015 San Francisco California

San Francisco

How bad is California’s drought? San Francisco Bay is now a wide, grassy plain, completely devoid of water. Desperate locals seeking affordable housing (more...)...

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December 26, 2013 Merry Christmas 2013! California

Merry Christmas 2013!

No snow for us this year, so we went for the traditional and festive Southern California bike ride. At least we’ve got the beach! 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours! (more...)...

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August 10, 2011 Laying Down the Laws (Museum) California

Laying Down the Laws (Museum)

Every time I drive through Bishop I’m always curious about the Laws Railroad Museum, which is nearby on Highway 6. Traveling with my family this past week, I finally got a chance to stop by and check it out. The place is interesting. I’d say it’s not so much a ‘train’ museum (like CSR in (more...)...

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September 8, 2009 Santa Monica Pier 100th & Fireworks California

Santa Monica Pier 100th & Fireworks

Santa Monica Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary tomorrow, September 9, 2009. The day will be packed with events, climaxing in a grand finale fireworks show at 8:50 p.m. There haven’t been fireworks at Santa Monica Pier in nearly twenty years, so this is a special treat indeed. Be aware that the whole day is likely (more...)...

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February 9, 2008 Interlude: the Beach California

Interlude: the Beach

Seven days ago I watched the sun set from Mount San Antonio’s west summit. Tonight, a much lower (and warmer!) perch: Santa Monica Beach, looking out toward the pier. With a bit of a heat spell picking up, temps have shot up, from 70’s at the coast to 80’s inland. Faced with such brutal weather, (more...)...

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July 9, 2007 An Owens River Resurection? California

An Owens River Resurection?

The Los Angeles Times ran a story on the restoration of the Owens River this past weekend. Via the Department of Water of Power (DWP), Los Angeles began buying much of the farmland in Owens Valley in the early Twentieth Century. Then, in 1913, the DWP abruptly diverted the Lower Owens River into the Los (more...)...

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