Great Outdoors

Whiskeytown Seeks Artist-in-Residence

The National Park Service, in partnership with the Friends of Whiskeytown, is pleased to announce the twelfth year of hosting an Artist-in-Residence program.  The park is seeking established professional Plein Air artists with a history of exhibiting work to apply for this year’s residencies. The 2015 program emphasis is on landscape Plein Air painting, but is [...]

Dyeing with Mushrooms: Art, Craft & Science

Mushrooms are sometimes delicious and sometimes dangerous but they are always beautiful and mysterious. Did you know that they also can produce some beautiful dyes? A rainbow of colors in fact. PHOTO: Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms are some of Sherri Scott’s favorite fungi to use for dye. They can produce vibrant purples and lavenders with the right [...]

Lassen Volcanic National Park Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Film Festival, Comet Lovejoy, and Free Entry

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., entry into Lassen Volcanic National Park is free on January 19 and visitors are invited to a weekend of outdoor fun and film at the Lassen Film Festival on Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19.  Saturday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. also offers a rare opportunity to see a recently discovered comet.  [...]

January 2015 in the Garden & North State Calendar of Gardening Events

It’s a new year. And in the first days of this New Year, I’m planting a new garden. In many ways, this garden – like this year – is a blank slate. The new garden is on an oddly shaped lot, with not even one tree and currently this unlikely-opportunity for a garden is clothed [...]

Scenes around Mt. Shasta – Sightseeing in a Winter Wonder Adventureland

The weather was beautiful the day before Christmas Eve so we decided to take a trip up to the Mt. Shasta area. Our first stop was to Castle Lake to the west of Mt. Shasta City. Surprisingly, Castle Lake at 5440 ft. elevation was not frozen over! The road up to the lake affords some beautiful views [...]

Poinsettias: Purity and Flower of the Noche Buena

PHOTO: The “poinsettia house” at the Plant Barn in Chico, where (including the many years under the umbrella of Chico Propagators) poinsettias have been cultivated for a dozen winters or more. Most good nurseries and garden centers will have greenhouse sections dedicated to the plants – to visit the warm, moist greenhouse filled with seasonal [...]

Snowshoeing at Manzanita Lake

A rare window of opportunity presented itself on Saturday, 12/13/14 as a clear day followed a heavy snowfall. My wife Bernadette and I headed to our favorite snowshoe venue, Manzanita Lake. And there we encountered a winter wonderland. Enjoy! Andy Ooley is a local musician and Redding native. When not building ultrasonic medical equipment for [...]

Public Invited to Participate in Mineral Christmas Bird Count on December 17

The public is welcome to come and participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count in the Mineral area.  For well over 100 years people of all ages interested in birds have taken to the field during the holiday season to count birds in and around their communities as part of the annual Christmas Bird Count.  [...]

Persimmons – Gifts of the Season & December in the North State Garden

as I eat a persimmon? the bell starts ringing? at Horyuji Temple Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) PHOTOS above: firm rounded persimmon ripening at the Genetic Resource and Conservation Center, also known as the Tree Farm, in Chico. Persimmon have long represented both the divine and the worldly delights in many cultures. These colorful, tasty and seasonal [...]


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