Mean and Green

Euphoric Euphorbia

A type of Euphorbia, Fullerton Arboretum, Cal State Fullerton and the City of Fullerton, California

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Tree

A Broken Heart

Hanging On, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Orange County, California

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When the Rains Came

What a difference a rain storm can make.

Before the rain.

After the rain.

In the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California, Calaveras County, near Valley Springs.

Backroads America: Sierra Nevada Foothills

I left Southern California on Saturday by train/ bus and headed north to Calaveras County, in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. The area was part of the 1849 California gold rush. My friends have a lovely pond and trees typical of the area. Water levels are very low.

New Melones Lake on the Stanislaus River, from the Calaveras County side looking toward Tuolume County. If you look closely, you can see the normal water level marks.

A 1922 replica of the cabin in which Mark Twain wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1864 is across the lake in Tuolume County.

We visited Campo Seco, an old mining community established in 1849. Gold died out but copper was discovered in 1859 and was mined until 1924. Camp Seco had a diverse population representing 40 ethnic groups. Much of the stone used in the old buildings has an unusual gem color.

Water is essential to California. The Pardee Reservoir and Dam, built in 1929 on the Mokelumne River which divides Calaveras and Amador counties.

The reservoir provides water to the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay area. This photo is looking almost straight east across the reservoir.

Of the Beaten Path: The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

If you are in Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum is well worth a visit. It’s original collection from the early 20th century focused on the early history of Southern California. Additional space has allowed for a broader scope.

The Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold van Pelt exhibit was fascinating. Twenty carved gemstones spill out of a carved faceted quartz egg.

Izok is a hollow, life-sized human skull. The original quartz crystal weighed 250 pounds. The finished piece, which is in two parts with a hinged jaw, weighs 6.5 pounds.

Amethyst cup with 24 flutes.

Van Pelt and his wife are also well known mineral photographers.

Off the Beaten Path: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, County of Orange, California

The Life Cycle of a Coastal Redwood in Arid Southern California.

The Carbon Canyon Redwood Grove was planted in 1975 with seedlings donated by a bank. Today, 241 redwoods have survived the arid climate, though they will never reach the size of the redwoods living in the northern coastal climate. Earlier in the 20th century, the Carbon Canyon area was part of a booming oil production industry.

The Redwood Grove, planted 1975.

A giant tree that produces a very small seed cone. The soil here will not support growth from seeds.

Root burl from which seedlings grow.

Redwood seedlings

Walking path through grove.

Redwood bark on 48 year old tree.

The topography adjacent to the grove.

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