California

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As noted, the “coasting” series isn’t going chronologically! Herewith the entry from the southernmost point of my current Pacific-coast explorations: Oceanside. This town is known for a few things: its pier, above; and its proximity to large marine base, which means a large population of young and hungry individuals, hence a very high prevalence of pizza joints in town … see just a few random examples encountered on my walks, below 🙂


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County Views.106 – Wet & Dry #2

All taken along Joe Rodota Bike Path, between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. Top photo in April, bottom & center above last October, outer middle two in February this year. And they say coastal California doesn’t have season! 🙂

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County Views.103 – Wet & Dry #1

For a while, I’ve wanted to show some side-by-side photos of the wet and dry seasons here in Sonoma County. Folks who haven’t been to California, or who grew up in temperate zones where rain can fall any month in the year find it hard to imagine how huge is the difference between our usual April, and our usual October. This year, it’s unusually start because we had frighteningly little rain this past rainy season. So little rain that our hills are already going brown, weeks or months before they would in a usual year. The image just above was taken less than six weeks after the top left shot – and in case you can’t tell, this is the same hill from pretty much the same angle. The other two photos above are also from roughly the same place, taken less than six weeks apart. The dry ones were shot on May 14; the wetter ones the first weekend in April. And it’s in an area that’s burned twice since 2017. And, um, rain is extremely unlikely between now and at least October. Draw your own conclusions, and wish us luck getting through to the next rainy season without too much new fire stress…. :-/


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