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drought, wildfire, and burning (freeway) bridges

The very dry summer of 2014 turned into the dry fall of 2014, just as the very dry summer of 2013 became the dry winter of 2013. The very dry winter of 2014 became the dry spring of 2015 and … Continue reading

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California fires, landscapes, and traditional ecological knowledge

Fire season in southern California used to begin late in summer, maybe right before autumn. Last year our first fires came before June. Every year over the last decade they’ve been arriving earlier. Last week, mid-May, San Diego was on … Continue reading

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We’ve had thunderstorms two days in a row here.  Thunderclap and lightning strike together and the power went out at home for a few hours on Thursday. Southern California is dry country. Even the hills running down to the beach … Continue reading

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an irrigation tower for drylands gardening, part 2, and some drought thoughts

Here’s the latest. Saturday, March 22, we met and continued work on our gravity-fed irrigation “tower.” The frame for our prototype tower was built. We repurposed some wood that was here at the farm and we bought a few 2x4s … Continue reading

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storm watch

It’s raining here. That’s good news, at least for the time being. California is experiencing a serious drought. Our reservoirs are appallingly low. Our population is high. We are certainly overpopulated for the amount of water we have available, even … Continue reading

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backyards are the beginning…

Backyards are the beginning of a bioregion for a child. My backyard (and my front yard too, for that matter) in a rust belt city held all the wonders that helped make me the person I am today. Nature helped … Continue reading

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Weeds and more (much more, in fact, really long)

Erodium cicutarium, usually known as red-stemmed filaree or common stork’s-bill, is native to the Mediterranean region and was introduced to California in the eighteenth century. There is archaeological evidence for the presence of red-stemmed filaree in adobe bricks from the … Continue reading

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Photo Review of Fire Seasons in the Southern Mojave Desert 2005-2012

California has too many wildfires during the year to hope to record “the big picture.” So much of our landscape is fire-adapted, the chaparral in particular. And here in California we do love to build homes in the chaparral. Not … Continue reading

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Fire Season Spring 2013

Fire season started here quite early, again, just as the climatologists working on the global picture have predicted. For years. Below is a view of the Powerhouse Fire from here. It’s not that close, in San Francisquito Canyon, west of … Continue reading

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Climate change at Rainshadow Farm

In a semi-arid region like the southwestern Mojave, the presence of water and climate variations influence where biotic communities flourish. Human impact on plant communities may create barriers to natural plant community development and migration. Related plant and animal extinctions … Continue reading

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