Posts Categorized: Nature

Pismo, Pismu … Tar?

The word 'Pismo' comes from the Chumash word for tar: pismu. This natural substance bubbles to the surface near Pismo because of the large pool of oil beneath the surface.

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El Nino 2016 actually appeared. We have had rain! The hills are turning emerald green almost before your eyes, and their echo of the hills of Ireland is only missing the stone fences. [caption id="attachment_2055" align="alignleft" width="300"] SeaVenture Beach House Becalmed - But Stick Around[/caption] This is the favorite time...

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The Return of the Monarchs

[caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignleft" width="259"] Monarchs in Winter[/caption] We’re spoiled living here for lots of reasons, but one of the most amazing is the annual return of a multitude of Monarch butterflies—you cannot look at thousands of these beautiful insects hanging from a tree and not smile. We’ve taken them for...

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Welcome to the Clambake

We’ve all heard the bad guy tell his nervous partner to “clam up.” Or have someone tell us that a cold, damp place has a “clammy” feeling. You might think this is all giving clams a bad name, but then there’s the old saying that someone is “happy as a...

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Well, “no” is the simple answer. In most of California, you need drip irrigation or some other form of irrigation to supplement rainfall. But with our historic drought in California, maybe the better question is “can you get wine with less water?” This question really matters if you love your...

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[caption id="attachment_1628" align="alignleft" width="201"] Photo by Bill Bouton[/caption] Can you believe this? That Townsend's warbler feasting  at your backyard feeder is a direct descendants of dinosaurs. Really. Our thoughts sometimes turn to birds and nature this time of year because San Luis Obispo County is the destination for lots of...

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