Meadowmom's photos


  • Highway 395

    From the Neon Babylon to Tinsel Town, the straightest highway is 395, mostly in California. And what a contrast! You leave either of those often-fake cities and travel hundreds of miles along the real and wild Eastern Scarp of the Sierra Nevada range.…

  • Tell the Glider Pilots the Lenticulars Are Forming...

    There are a lot of invisible air elevators along the Eastern Scarp of the Sierra. Some are small twirling thermals, sought out by hawks and eagles, who enter them and magically rise several thousand feet without ever moving their wings. Big thermals, ca…

  • In Rainbow Basin

    Famous source of Miocene fossils, north of Barstow, California.


  • Springtime in the Mountains

    In April and May, the snow in the High Sierra changes to water and comes roaring off the mountains...

  • A Little Story About a Very Rare Wildflower

    So a few years ago a nature ranger in Death Valley did the unthinkable. He announced on the internet the exact location of a rare wildflower. That is NEVER done. If the location becomes known, sooner or later someone will pick the last rare flower to pr…

  • Now I know it's full springtime...

    ...the Fairy Lanterns are blooming in the woods near the coast. Calochortus albus.


  • Giant Obsidian Boulders

    Glass Mountain, California.

  • UC Hiking Club, 1950's, last page

    I was grateful to the UC hiking club for the wilderness skills I learned, and for certain social advantages. One was that a bunch of male students got so used to me that I could hang with them on campus whenever I wished. Here, I was having lunch with fiv…

  • UC Hiking Club, 1950s, Rainier At Last!

    (Continuing a photo story.) A few of us in the Hiking Club kept at our Volcano Project for 3 years. Moving from south to north, each June we methodically climbed one or two more of the biggest glacier-covered volcanoes on the West Coast. I had reached t…


  • UC Hiking Club, 1950's, Sierra Backpacking

    (Continuing a photo story.) Advice to any woman today who wants to be involved in leadership of wilderness trips: DON'T STRIVE TOO HARD TO BECOME A GOOD COMMISSARY MANAGER OR HEAD COOK. They’ll keep you in that job forever. I don’t know why I volunteer…

  • UC Hiking Club, 1950's, Mt. Hood

    (Continuing a photo story.) We got to know Mt. Shasta, in California, quite well. This prompted us to climb a succession of big snow-covered strato-volcanoes northward through Oregon and Washington State. This is Oregon's biggest, Mt. Hood.

  • UC Hiking Club: Winter snow, Summer Ice

    (Continuing a photo story:) Our search for knowledge about the high mountains was obviously more focused on cold than heat. 1. Summer shot: Lyell Glacier, Yosemite, 1949. (Now officially rated as stagnant due to climate change. "What have we lost when a…


  • UC Hiking Club: Summit of Shasta in February 1950.


  • UC Hiking Club:1950. Teaching Ourselves Ski Mountaineering.

    1950. A college mountaineer, outfitted entirely in heavy WWII army surplus gear, starts out in the dark for the summit of Mt. Shasta, attempting a February ascent. We went up to 14,000+ ft. Mt. Shasta whenever we could, to practice snow and ice skills.…

  • UC Hiking Club: 1950. Teaching Ourselves to Rock Climb

    In the city of Berkeley, California, not far from the University, there were a couple of short steep rock outcrops where one could practice rock climbing. Some members of the U.C. Hiking Club began to go there frequently. I wanted to be part of that clim…


  • More about My Major Recreation in College, Long Ago

    I was telling you about the UC Hiking Club, back in 1950. On the social side, we departed with regularity to spend a day or an entire weekend hiking. Often took a textbook along; almost never opened it. Yet there are at least 3 people in this photo who…

  • The First Descent of the Campanile

    This is an ancient Kodachrome of the University of California Berkeley campus in 1949, when I was a sophomore. In center rear, dear squeaky old Bacon Hall with its magnificent displays of mineral specimens. On the right, the white base of the Campanile,…

  • Rhyolite, Nevada

    Near Death Valley. (Love you, Ipernity! You’re working well for me. Just sent an exorbitant amount of money to become a Pro on Flickr again...they’ve responded by disappearing their uploading icon. I can’t upload! Wanted to keep up with a surprising n…


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