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The Mood Altering Stream Orchid

A stream orchid (Epipactis gigantea) growing near the Santa Ynez River in late May of 2019. Stream orchids grow where constant water is found at seeps, springs and perennial streams. The plant is known for its mood altering and sedative … Continue reading

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US Coast Survey Patterson Camp Inscription Vandalism (1873)

Inside a cave in the Santa Ynez Mountains on the Gaviota Coast somebody carved an inscription memorializing the United States Coast Survey of 1873. The name is apparently in reference to Carlile P. Patterson, the Hydrographic Inspector for the USCS … Continue reading

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The Clattering Seep at Lizard’s Mouth

Apologies offered for the vertical video syndrome. You’ve heard of the babbling brook. Everybody’s written about it. Well, meet here the clattering seep. I’m fascinated by small things in nature other people are oblivious to and even when clued into … Continue reading

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Horny Toad

“It was a rough land that bred a tough man.” —Louis L’Amour, Utah Blaine (1984) The observer may glean some insight into the nature of the land by looking at its native inhabitants. When you’re wearing a helmet of horns and shrouded … Continue reading

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San Lucas Falls, Santa Ynez Mountains

A view of the Pacific Ocean overlooking the Gaviota Coast from the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains atop San Lucas Falls canyon. San Lucas Falls is rarely visited and hardly ever seen by anybody despite being one of the … Continue reading

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