Butterflies: Plants to attract them, and concerns

Butterflies: Plants to attract them, and concerns

It’s nearing October and I’m still seeing some butterflies around – a few Western Tiger Swallowtails although they’re much fewer, some Cabbage Whites and a variety of those little orange ones that I’ve given up identifying. I checked in with a couple butterfly aficionados on what plants were ushering in the butterflies during the late summer months. [Read more…]

Great Hikes: Skyline Drive Trail – Corona CA

Great Hikes: Skyline Drive Trail – Corona CA

I had a couple hours to kill in Corona CA while my husband attended an art class the last couple weeks — and luckily discovered this wonderful area in the Cleveland National Forest. Nice, mature chaparral, lots of birdlife during my dusk walks, and beautiful scenery. There are issues with parking (see the update just below this paragraph) [Read more…]

Great Hikes: ‘Wild’ Wildwood Canyon State Park

Great Hikes: ‘Wild’ Wildwood Canyon State Park

I discovered another great, secluded hiking area in the inland area  – Wildwood Canyon State Park –  tucked away off Wildwood Canyon Road in Yucaipa, California. In another example of the importance of land conservation [Read more…]

Great hikes: Oakmont Park (Redlands CA)

Great hikes: Oakmont Park (Redlands CA)

In 2010, Carol Blaney moved with her family to the Inland Empire from Yosemite National Park, where as an interpretive park ranger she worked with Yosemite’s stunning scenery as her backdrop. The transition was helped when Blaney came across Redland’s Oakmont Park – she felt she had discovered a wild place. [Read more…]

Nature Photos of 2012

Nature Photos of 2012

Nature was very talkative in 2012. May we continue to see her beauty and learn her lessons in 2013. Photos below. [Read more…]

Great hikes: Coachella Valley’s McCallum Trail

Great hikes: Coachella Valley’s McCallum Trail

I finally made it out to Coachella Valley Preserve  in Thousand Palms CA (near Palm Springs) to check out one of the hikes, the McCallum Trail, which in only two miles takes you through two palm oases, across the San Andreas Fault zone and through a desert wash. [Read more…]

Finding Nature in Cabo San Lucas

Finding Nature in Cabo San Lucas

We recently stayed at a timeshare (Hacienda del Mar) in Cabo with friends — and discovered a bountiful nature scene following the heavy rains that hit the area the last few weeks. The answer: in addition to the rich marine life among the rocks, go find the native plants, which we found next door to the resort, nestled around the golf course. The photos below tell the story about what I’ll remember most: