Monthly Archives: December 2012

La Cumbre Peak Snow

East Camino Cielo Road in the Los Padres National Forest. A light snow dusted the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains above Santa Barbara yesterday afternoon. Although it was Saturday, the low cloud cover hugging the peaks kept the snowy … Continue reading

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Gibraltar Rock Waterfall

A seldom flowing waterfall in the Los Padres National Forest, below Gibraltar Rock, on a small tributary of Rattlesnake Canyon creek.The pool at the foot of the falls.

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Ice Company Ads (1920s)

This post is an addition to a previous entry about the history of the ice can stoves found in California’s Los Padres National Forest (The Ice Can Stove: A Brief History). These are makeshift wood burning stoves made from old sheet … Continue reading

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Oyster Mushrooms

Harvesting oyster mushrooms in the mountains of Santa Barbara County. I’m just some lunatic macaroni mushroom, is that it? —Joe Pesci With recent rains having finally fallen after the usual long dry period in these parts, and the winter transformation … Continue reading


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Carrizo Tom

The Carrizo Plain in the hinterlands of San Luis Obispo County, CA as seen from atop the I first drove the road 12 years ago. Over the years since then I’ve seen more pronghorn antelope than people out thataway. One … Continue reading

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