Monthly Archives: September 2011

Santa Barbara Seen Through A Sailor’s Eyes (1835)

In the following passage taken from his acclaimed travel narrative, Two Years Before the Mast (1841), Richard Henry Dana, Jr. describes landing on the beach at Santa Barbara on January 14, 1835 after a five month voyage from Boston. Dana … Continue reading

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Paleopit

In deep west of the Good Land. Pipe cleaner shot from the beanie cam.

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Surfing Cetaceans

A couple of dolphins enjoying some of that west swell out there today.

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Tarantula Hawk

A female tarantula hawk feeding on Doveweed flowers. The female tarantula hawk purportedly inflicts the most agonizing sting of any insect in the United States. It’s one of the worst in the world, actually. And until about a month ago, … Continue reading

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Tarantulas and Whiskey

“Tarantulas were firmly believed to be lethal in the days of the Old West, so much so that it was thought that the only cure was whisky, which came to be known as ‘tarantula juice.’ The Indians, who tended to … Continue reading

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