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Outdoors Photo of the Day

Images of nature from throughout the west - beautiful canyons, high peaks, scenic places - all designed to set a mood and to encourage you to get out and explore.

The Rock Garden

My friend, Bob Hardy, who has since passed away, still looks over us high atop the Mission crags. A rough trail leads to an enchanting sandstone enclave I've named the Rock Garden. Read story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Falls Colors Rare and Precious

Though Fall barely registers as a season, there are still a few hidden places to enjoy the changing seasons. Read story.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Going Underground, Slot Canyon Ambience

They call canyons such as these slots, thin vertical slices cut by thousands of years of nature's erosion. Read story.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Getting Out and Helping Out

A number of upcoming volunteer activities have been scheduled that will not only get you outdoors but be good for the environment as well. Read story.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Our Chinese Cycad Connection

Santa Barbara-based couple study rare plant and help schools in China. Read story.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Mushroom Delight

Often in Big Sur my gaze is upwards and outwards - and I forget to look down. But in the winter, especially when the rain has softened them, the leaves provide beautiful patterns, multi-colored in a range of earth tones. This day a solitary white mushroom has poked its head up through the sycamore leaves, providing an even more captivating photo. Read story.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Intense Whitewater

A creek is never too small if you love whitewater. While traveling through the Smokeys I was lucky enough to watch as a number of kayakers hopped into their tiny boats, pushed their way down into what looked like frigid water and began to work their way down through what looked an impossible set of channels. To my chagrin they made the adventure look easy. Read story.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Winter of 2005

Huge rains in early January 2005 provided spectacular flood image. Read story.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Green Green Green

Thick green mosses cover the sandstone boulders in the canyon just above Cold Springs Tavern. Head to the Tavern for a cool drink, lots of great music and a scramble up through the Irish greens of the upper canyon. Read story.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cold Springs Waterfall

Cold Springs has cool springs. Read story.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

White Sands National Monument

Explore the whitest sand you'll ever find but beware, exploring here requires sunglasses. Read story.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Buckhorn Panel

In the deep recesses of the Colorado Plateau rock art was created by what some call the "ancient ones" more than 2,000 years ago. Reacting to an environment in which they had little control, the artists perhaps hoped to regain some small amount of infuence. Read story.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fire Canyon

Deep in the recesses of Fire Canyon, the light glows on the sides of the wall. Read story.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A White January

Snow hangs gracefully on the limbs of a pine tree near La Cumbre Peak. While the storm was brief the memories will last for quite a while. Read story.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sycamore Leaves / Quiet Canyon

Sycamore leaves begin falling to the canyon floor in late fall and winter rains then soften them. The layers build to provide a depth to the canyons not there in other seasons. Read story.

Thursday, June 28, 2007
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