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For the love of artichokes

For the love of artichokes

SACRAMENTO, CA. - My mother lives in the Monterey area and just brought me a treat: the official vegetable of Monterey County.

In case you don't know what vegetable that is, it's the artichoke. She didn't just bring me one artichoke but a bundle of them. It lead me to wondering, can we grow artichokes in Sacramento and just how good are these things for you anyway?

According to Dale Huss the vice president of artichoke production at Castroville's Ocean Mist Farms, "Artichokes are fun to grow."

Supermoon in El Dorado County

SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - This was shot in El Dorado County California at 8:15 p.m. 5.5.12 on the Ponderosa Road overcrossing at HWY 50 (near the recent meteor explosion and meteorite dusting back on April 22, 2012).

Hoped to get it coming up over the Sierra, but it was sneaky and came up further south and higher in the sky than I wanted it to be, but still pretty. Little instant tail gate party going on with all the area folks hanging out on the overcrossing waiting for it to show up.
 

 

Mudslide!!!

Mudslide!!!

Here are some shots of a mudslide that I shot on 3-17-2012 after what seemed like a week of rain. This was in the foothills near Newcastle, CA.

NID Hosts Celebration, Open House at Lincoln Fish Passage Project

NID Hosts Celebration, Open House at Lincoln Fish Passage Project

Completion of an innovative project to improve fish migration on Auburn Ravine Creek will be celebrated on Feb. 29 at an open house hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District.

The Wednesday afternoon event will take place at 2 p.m. at NID’s Auburn Ravine Fish Passage Project located in the Lincoln Crossing Nature Preserve just west of Highway 65. Access is via Mossdale Court.

Scheduled speakers include NID Division IV Director Jim Bachman, of Lincoln; NID General Manager Ron Nelson, Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt, Dry Creek Conservancy Executive Director Greg Bates, Rick Radoff, former president of Granite Bay Flycasters; and Shawn Hammond, project manager for contractor Preston Pipelines.

Into the Little Wild: Auburn's Mammoth Bar

Into the Little Wild: Auburn's Mammoth Bar

Auburn, CA is about 25 miles North-East of Sacramento is now branded as the "Endurance Capital of the World."  It has two of of the most challenging and historic endurance events on the planet.

The Auburn's Bar is famous for its Motocross and Dirt Bike tracks but what interests me most lazy Sunday afternoon is to visit the Bar for its more into-the-wild lesser-known secret.

Mammoth Bar has everything for the explorer in all of us. It has crystal-clear streams, wild evergreen, conifers as far as you can see, and all that you care to ask from Mother Nature.

Just recently, I was with a group of teens and we hiked the Bar and we are in for a delectable treat: Snakes, Lizards, Deers...