Meadowmom's photos


  • Doffing the Bud Cap

    As the California Poppy flower begins to mature, it sheds its long skinny bud cap. When I was a kid, there were still vast fields of wild California poppies throughout the state. Younger children used to run through the poppy fields pulling off the loose…

  • “Father Time and the Weeping Virgin"

    In Mendocino Town, on the northern California coast, this is the local Masonic Lodge. The tableau on the cupola is more than 150 years old, delicately carved by a lodge member out of a single round from a huge redwood log. It seems to be the Angel of De…

  • The Northern Coast of California

    This is the third time I’ve seen this dirt road, been overcome by a serious case of “where does it go?”, and have been forced to pass it by...


  • Reading the Highway Railings

    Message on a California highway railing next to the sea: " David Duncan Walking from Kingston Washington to Joshua Tree National Park 1600 miles, Started July 15th 2012 Today’s date is Sept 4th 2012" Hope you made it, David.

  • The Northern California Coast

    I’ve just spent a week meandering down Highway 1, north of San Francisco. It’s gorgeous scenery. The road is mostly open to the sea views. It’s true the spring-green hills are dotted ...but still rather rarely... with new and ostentatious second homes. T…

  • Geologists Cabin

    Here is the Geologist’s Cabin In remote Butte Valley, Death Valley National Park. Several different desert geezers, not known for veracity, claimed to have built it back in the ‘30s. This is a clean and pretty little stone building with a concrete flo…


  • Snakesheads

    Malacothrix coulteri.

  • Toulouse

    In memory of Toulouse, the calm and pleasant desert dog who was the greeter at Panamint Springs in simpler times.

  • How the Tule Elk Came to Owens Valley

    Tule Elk are the smallest of three elk subspecies known in California. “Small”, but a bull Tule Elk can weigh 500 pounds or more. You don’t want him stepping out in front of your vehicle. They were common on California grasslands west of the Sierra durin…


  • More Rain, Comin’ In!

    Near San Francisco.

  • Boundary and White

    On the left, Boundary Peak, over 13,000 ft. altitude, the highest mountain in the state of Nevada. On the right, White Mountain, one of 12 peaks in California which are more than 14,000 ft. high. The state line, arrow-straight, runs between them. Bounda…

  • Ratany

    Here’s another “boring" low desert bush which suddenly bursts into bloom in the spring...


  • How old are some of the chollas?

    So much to be learned about desert plants. Some are so slow growing...and slow growing can mean very long lived. Like a thousand years. Pencil Cholla, south of Mojave Preserve.

  • On the Floor of Death Valley, the superbloom of 1998.

    Gerea csnescens, Desert Sunflower.

  • Even in Death Valley

    DV National Park is reporting on its website that the rains are coming too late this year to provide a really splendid wildflower bloom. So little time now before the desiccating heat arrives. But that doesn’t stop the inevitable. Even in Death Valley,…


  • The Living Crust

    This soil is alive. A guilty feeling still washes over me when I see this photo. As a teenager I enjoyed hearing the crunch as I stamped out these odd tracks. They looked to me like old mole or gopher tunnels. They are microbiotic or cryptobiotic crus…

  • Finally, after 10 days, the Pineapple Express is slowly moving on...

    Real meteorologists call it an atmospheric river, but I’ve known it as the Pineapple Express all my life. When I was a young kid I stood in the doorway with my uncle, who asked me if I could smell the Hawaiian pineapple plantations, 2000 miles away, on…

  • The Queen of Denning Wash

    Wild burros. So amazingly intelligent. Imagine being able to remain in prime condition in terrain like this!


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