Category: Snow

Mt. Shasta in the morning

Mt. Shasta in the morning

Strawberry Valley Inn at sunrise; I took a mil…

Strawberry Valley Inn at sunrise; I took a million pictures of this sign throughout the week but this snowy one was my favorite. I’ve always wanted to stay here cause the sign is so fucking cute!

Mt. Shasta at sunrise

Mt. Shasta at sunrise

Mt. Shasta in March

Mt. Shasta in March

We drove as far as we could to the top of Mt. …

We drove as far as we could to the top of Mt. Shasta; the road continued further but it was unplowed and covered in several feet of snow. The only people around were backcountry skiers 

Driving through Mt. Shasta at sunrise

Driving through Mt. Shasta at sunrise

Snow in the morning

Snow in the morning

Mt. Shasta, California

Mt. Shasta, California

I was in Northern California at the end of Mar…

I was in Northern California at the end of March; this photo was taken at sunrise; I still can’t believe the glowing mountains beaming at the horizon!! Like everything else up there, it was beautiful and unreal and very different from Southern California

microcosmicobservations: Please enjoy this vid…

microcosmicobservations:

Please enjoy this video that captures me acting like a kid in a candy store while exploring some rocks! In the video I give suggestions on how to make your winter hikes more enjoyable as you hunt for organisms to investigate.

Summary:

  • Take your time and hike mindfully to notice the small details

  • Note assemblages of communities and how they might fit into the ecosystem as a whole

  • Look for nooks and crannies – these can create microclimates ideal for protecting organisms from cold winter wind, as well as accumulating moisture

One final reblog because I realized I didn’t write out some of the more specific points:

  • Look at bases of trees for mosses and entire trunks for lichens
  • Look at rocks for mosses and lichens, where you can sometimes see the reproductive structures
  • Check out the margins of unfrozen bodies of water for aquatic or partially-aquatic species like duckweed and liverworts
  • Look for evergreen plant species like partridge berry and some species of fern

More tips to come soon since we have only just opened Pandora’s box.