Entries by John Poimiroo


Scouting Report: Siskiyou

Whenever I visit Siskiyou County, I question why it took so long to return. The county is so beautiful and loaded with tantalizing outdoor things to do that it’s a wonder it’s so lightly populated and traveled. Siskiyou is the frosting atop California’s layer cake of spectacular places, and Mount Shasta is its grandest decoration. […]

Inspired by Nature

In Inspired by Nature, life-long sketchbook artist Marjolein Bastin writes that her sketchbooks reflect what fascinates her in nature … butterflies and bumblebees, fluttering and buzzing around chairs in her garden. Petals and songbirds, berries and blossoms. For fans of autumn, those images are of fallen leaves, reflections and intensely vibrant fall color, warm and […]

Coastal Color

Wildflowers are blooming along the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1) between Cambria, north to Big Sur. Color spotter Mark Harding drove Hwy 1 over the weekend, returning with these images of wildflowers and wildlife.


Backroad Beauty

The Eastern Sierra is now airbrushed with vibrant yellow, pink, blue, white, lavendar, crimson and purple wildflowers, reports Gigi De Jong from Bishop. Gigi says most of the creeks leading out of the Sierra are feeding a flush of color along the foothills that is filling the sweet air with wild floral scents. Flower types […]


Owens Valley Coming Out

It’s springtime in the Owens Valley and wildflowers are appearing first from the lowest elevations to the highest. Gigi De Jong sends these images with a report that wildflowers are abloom in the southern Owens Valley and marching north. Even the lizards are coming out.

Flawless Diamond Valley

A flawless super bloom is being seen at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet, California where California poppies, lupine and other native wildflowers are carpeting the hills. Alena Nicholas visited on Sunday, sending these images. For more information about visiting Diamond Valley Lake, visit dvlake.com and dvmarina.com. Diamond Valley Lake — Peak Wildflower Bloom (75-100%) GO […]


Super Bloom Spring

With above-record rainfall drenching California this winter, wildflower super blooms are possible this Spring in Death Valley (late — Feb.), Anza Borrego State Park (mid-Mar.), the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve near Lancaster (early-Apr.) and the Carrizo Plain National Monument (early-Apr.). Tiffany Camhi of KQED, San Francisco’s public television station, reported today that with a little […]


Hanging Around

Bald eagles and pintail ducks will be hanging around the marshes, rice fields and wetlands of the Northern Sacramento Valley for a while longer this winter. Robert Kermen spotted about ten eagles near farmland at Richvale. Nearby, pintail ducks were watchful. To photograph them, Bob recommends staying inside your vehicle and using it as a […]


Making Mushroom Merry

As the last days of 2018 are waning, mushroom hunters are making merry where winter rains have fallen. Shasta Cascade color spotter Gabriel Leete found these fungi while foraging along the Sacramento River in Redding at the McConnell Arboretum and Gardens and in Anderson at the Anderson River Park.


Winter Happens Here Too

Autumn ended yesterday. Weeks ago, on the last day of November, Philip Reedy was traveling through the Hope Valley when he stopped to capture these wintry images of “everyone’s favorite cabin in the snow.” We delayed posting his pictures until today, as they embody the transition from warm fall to cold winter colors, showing aspen […]