Tromp Blog

Human Visits Raucous Beach Party

Northern Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas. Human visitors stand on a boardwalk that hovers only a few feet above seals. Photo credit to Madeleine Turner.

Cast of characters include Alpha males, handsome moms, and 'super-weaners.'

Iron Woman

Schneider and team during an Eco Challenge in Australia.

Santa Cruz’s Terri Schneider brings a lifetime of extreme adventures to life in her new book.

8 Great Trails for Rainy Day Running

Ocean vista from post-rain Wilder Ranch trails.

Don't let the rain stop you from trail running! Here are eight places around Santa Cruz you can run when it's wet outside.

Ultra-Marathon Woman

Krissy Moehl, Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador, says smiling is important. Frederik Marmsater / Patagonia

Krissy Moehl, world-conquering trail runner, on a Friday evening in Santa Cruz.

November North Coast Feast

Around 140 people, from Boston to Austin, came to Red, White and Blue Beach on a warm Saturday in November to eat a locally produced meal.

Outstanding in the Field, the traveling farm-to-table feast launched here by Jim Denevan in 1999, comes home to Santa Cruz.

Plant of The Week: Western Azalea

Western Azalea: beautiful AND good-smelling. Photo by Miguel Vieira.

Plant Western Azalea now for a gorgeously scented and showy springtime addition to any landscape. Birds and bees will be happy about this California native.

Plant of the Week: Douglas Iris

This purple Douglas Iris bloomed in the spring at Big Sur. Photo by Hilltromper.

Want to be looking at this fancy native in April? Get busy now planting lovely Iris douglasiana.

Plants at Home

Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery is open to the public every Friday.

By Neil Khosla

Romancing The Stone: A Geology Walk

Frank Perry holding a cast of a fossil sea cow bone from Scotts Valley. Photo by Jill Perry.

Paleontologist and geologist Frank Perry leads a unique field trip along the San Lorenzo River this Saturday.

"Big Blue Live": Day 3

A wild orca leaping out of the water. Photo by Kim (Flickr)

The finale to this awesome TV special.