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SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A MATTER OF MOUNTAINS

FROM THE COAST TO THE HIGH SIERRA
     It is probably a product of many winters in the mid-west, but this is the time of year we begin to think of spring.  In fact, here on the Central coast, we begin to see early evidence of spring's rebirth. The Pacific moderates the temperatures in the Santa Lucia coastal range, so even in early January, when most of the nation suffers winter's wrath, we get greening of the grasses
and the first blooms
as the exotics provide a comical touch.

HOW ABOUT A LIVING SNOW CONE?
      Three and half hours from here, in Yosemite, spring comes with a different force.
Each spring Yosemite experiences an act of nature which is extraordinary.  I've endured blizzards, ice storms, and heavy snow cover, but the early spring Frazil Ice is new to me. Take a look, courtesy of Boing Boing and Yosemite National Park.  


And the Zebra shooting controversy continues-
STAY TUNED

2 comments:

  1. That frazil ice is fascinating.

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  2. Keep us posted on the zebra controversy. The western cattlemen have come to believe they have some special rights to have cattle everywhere including BLM and NFS public land, with some special right to kill any animals that intrude on "their" public lands including wolves, wild horses, buffalo, bears and apparently zebras as well! I realize this didn't happen onpublic land but there is certainly no reason they couldn't have rounded up those zebras.

    An organization that is doing some incredible work on this topic is Western Watersheds Project

    http://www.westernwatersheds.org/

    It was founded by a friend of ours in Idaho and has been a David and Goliath story fighting the huge cattle corporations.

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