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INSANE IS THE NEW NORMAL: POST THIRTY-EIGHT
Fiesta Flowers, Wind Poppies, Chinese Purple Houses  near Burned Trees AFTER THE ROUGH FIRE      The Rough Fire, which
left nothing but charred earth and vegetation throughout a large region of the
Sierra Nevada Mountains, halted on the east side of the nar...

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INSANE IS THE NEW NORMAL: POST THIRTY-SEVEN
Pink Fairy Lanterns, Woodstars DISCOVERING THE FOUNDATION      This spring, the
Sycamore Creek woodlands in Watt’s Valley, in the words of one of my friends,
seemed “filled with fairies.” In late April, flowers were burgeoning everywhere,
Chinese purple hou...

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MR. DUNBAR, THE WATCHDOG
Fiesta Flowers and Ithuriel's Spears WILL MR. DUNBAR BE OUR WATCHDOG?      A person who has
a weak argument often attacks the opposition about unrelated issues. Mike
Dunbar, editorial page editor and columnist for the Modesto Bee , does just that
in a recen...

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INSANE IS THE NEW NORMAL: POST THIRTY-SIX
Coreopsis (Tickweed), Phacelia (Blue Tansy) TRUTH TRUMPS LIES (All photographs: Carrizo Plain National Monument, April 10, 2017, except where noted)      I know that
everybody’s idea of paradise is different, but if I asked you to picture
paradise in your m...

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INSANE IS THE NEW NORMAL: POST THIRTY-FIVE
Arrowhead Arctic Blue Butterfly SURPRISED BY THE HIGHER SELF      At Big
Creek, where the hillsides blaze with poppies, so many of my paths over the
years, though occasionally rocky or difficult to see, suddenly link together,
and I feel vindicated because ...

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INSANE IS THE NEW NORMAL: POST THIRTY-FOUR
Poppies at Big Creek, after the Fire Last Fall, March 13, 2017 THE POWER OF FRESHNESS      A month ago, as I
hiked down the disintegrating road that leads to a gauging station at Sycamore
Creek, the freshness of winter overpowered me. The brittle spears of ...

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THE FRESNO BEE AND TRUMP WORLD
Ithuriel's Spears and Fiesta Flowers IN THE RACE TO BUILD TEMPERANCE FLAT DAM, FACTS DON’T MATTER      Let’s hope
someone out there still respects the facts. The Fresno Bee , which has
repeatedly trumpeted its support for a dam at Temperance Flat, obviously...

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THE FRESNO BEE CENSORS THE TRUTH
Lupine and Poppies on Slope THE FRESNO BEE CENSORS THE TRUTH      This letter to editor, which was not published by The Fresno Bee , challenges Nick C. Kazarian’s assertion in a
January 28, 2017 letter to the editor that a dam at Temperance Flat
will create...

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, 2017
Rivulet Eroding Old Road FINDING NEWTS AT THE CREEK AGAIN For Sylvia The storms have knocked down many trees. A spate of rain water digs a deeper chasm In the old road. Fresh grass flourishes In the ancient trails, the first fiddleneck Unfurling near house ...

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Lupine and Poppies above Pine Flat Reservoir OBJECTIVE FACT OR HOSTILE CRITICISM?      It's funny how the presentation of
facts can be interpreted as hostile criticism. Consider the
following:      From time immemorial, snow melt
has coursed down the slopes...
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