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Doug Landauer
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Software guy since 1969, Married since 1982, MTBer and backpacker
Software guy since 1969, Married since 1982, MTBer and backpacker

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Google Earth's idea of what the old conical sawdust burner looks like, that's in Felton's San Lorenzo Lumber lumberyard next to Roaring Camp.  Tea, anyone?
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Doug Landauer commented on a post on Blogger.
For later, when Bowen is a little older:  when my 9-year-old-nephew asked me "when are we going to go on a backpacking trip?", my choice was the first few miles of the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia NP ... starts around 6000 feet, and climbs only about 1000 feet in the course of 10 miles to Bearpaw High Sierra Camp.  With two or three campgrounds along the way.  All high on the side of the U-shaped, glacier-carved middle fork of the Kaweah River with amazing views of the Great Western Divide.

Ben didn't carry much on that trip.  But we took similar trips every year for the next nine or ten years  or so, and four to six years after that first one, Ben was 6 feet 4 and on his school's football and wrestling teams, and he could carry most of the stuff :-)

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Scared up a turkey on my commute down OLH this morning.  She (I guess) was on a very narrow part of the road as it traverses a steep hill, so she had no place to go but on down the road. Followed her slowly for about a minute before she finally found a driveway.  Sorry 'bout the crappy phone photo.

Unrelated:  a few minutes later, on 280, I was amused when I saw a truck that said it was from a "HERB LAVENDER" company.  Seems legit.
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Yesterday, I read somewhere about the upcoming conjunction of the moon, Mars, and Venus that would be visible last night.  Didn't think much of it because the last few days had been foggy along my commute, so I didn't expect to get to see this event.

Well, I left work and drove up to Skyline, and when I got to Windy Hill, I looked west, and there they were, along with a final residual sunset glow beneath them.  It was pretty awesome -- crystal clear, gorgeous setting ... unfortunately, I didn't have my real camera on me, so the shots I got from up there are from my phone.  I did call Deb, and she went out and got a nice shot of how it looked from home.

A few links about this conjunction...

http://planetsave.com/2015/02/20/dance-planets-friday-february-20-2015-venus-mars-uranus-moon-conjunct-tonight/
http://www.justinweather.com/news/2015/02/20/top-10-photos-of-crescent-moon-venus-and-mars-conjunction-feb-20/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/02/20/threes-company-venus-mars-and-a-skinny-moon-converge/
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2015-02-21
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Around two years ago, I took these shots of egrets at the rookery on the edge of the Google Mountain View campus.  This is along the short north-south stretch of Shorebird Way, east of Shoreline and south of Charleston.

That rookery came up in conversation at work this week, so I went looking for the place where I had posted these -- or thought I had.  Not finding any such posting, here we go.  Most of these are Great Egrets -- orange beaks and black feet.  The smaller Snowy Egrets have black beaks and orange feet; there are plenty of both species at this rookery, as well as other spots in and around the Google campus and nearby MTV Shoreline Park.

These pix were taken in spring; you can see some nest-building activity.
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2015-02-15
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Having both oak trees and pines in my yard, I see a lot of Acorn Woodpeckers (e.g., https://plus.google.com/+DougLandauer/posts/1h39mSPN8m3).  These photos are of a different kind of woodpecker.  I think it's a Nuttall's Woodpecker.  I think it's the first woodpecker I've seen in my yard (in 32 years of not very careful observation) that was not an acorn woodpecker.
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2015-02-08
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Crusade for today: it should be illegal for labels to be weaker than their adhesives.

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We have some friends in Boulder Creek, who just moved into a house tucked inamongst the redwoods just outside of town.  While moving in and checking the yard out, they discovered a bunch of small figurines that look a bit like old chess pieces.  Our friends collected the pieces, and now they live on a window sill as if they are a defensive force protecting the house against attack from the outside, as long as the attackers are small enough.

These little guys reminded me of one of my favorite Dougie MacLean[1] songs, "Marching Mystery"[2], which was inspired by the Lewis (Uig) Chessmen[3], some 12th-century chess pieces found near Uig, on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides off the northeast coast of Scotland.

(Yeah, I know some hippie-made crafts pieces probably from the 1970's aren't really comparable with 12-century artifacts, but hey, in California we find our "ancient" history where we can.)

[1] http://www.dougiemaclean.com/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dougie_MacLean
If interested, the Putumayo collection of MacLean's songs is a nice introduction ... http://www.amazon.com/The-Dougie-MacLean-Collection-Maclean/dp/B000003EJF

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTn4GOTl7tA

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_chessmen
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2014-12-17
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Rob reaches Ushuaia.  Awesome!  Big thanks for the engaging descriptions and wonderful photos of the journey!  Looking forward to your reflections and to the Eurasian Adventure.

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A followup to my SCLBP posting https://plus.google.com/+DougLandauer/posts/YYzn8yFDHrP

Here's the polynesian dancers on the double-hulled voyaging canoe at the lighted boat parade.  Sorry it's so dim.
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