Category: Altamira/Julian/CuyamacaWoods


A rainbow captured from our home in 2020.

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Under the glow of the morning moon at Laguna Meadow, Mt. Laguna Recreation Area (a stone’s throw from where I live), by Frank Colosi Photography.

Sunrise at Lake Cuyamaca in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California, by lake manager Butch Paddock. I live about two miles from there.

We had some amazing rains this winter, and now there are hordes of new Painted Lady (similar to Monarch) butterflies visibly flying down the hill after emerging from the ground. Sorry about the wind noise, but if you stick it out it calms down and you’ll hear some nice birdsong.

My first crack at growing pumpkins from seed this year. Only got two wee ones. But they’re super cute!

There are a number of flowers in my moss pot that I thought were dead. But when I water the moss, the flowers all twist and turn their little heads around. It’s pretty trippy!

We got 4-6 inches of snow yesterday and last night!

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It’s about 3/4 of an inch tall now, with several leaves!

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While making acorn meal this fall, I held three good-looking acorns back with the intention of sprouting them in the spring. I looked up the best way to do it: place them in the fridge over winter (to simulate winter conditions), and plant them in the spring. But just for the heck of it, I decided to plant one right away and see what happened. Kept it wet and placed it in a south-facing window.

Well, guess what? It sprouted! YAY! In a couple of years, when it’s established, we’ll make it a bonsai.

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We woke up on Saturday morning to find three to five inches of snow on the ground. Cisco had a field day.

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