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Younger Lagoon Excursion

Adventure pals take in the terrace-fic sights from Younger Lagoon Reserve, part of the UC Natural Reserve System..

Exploring one of the star wetlands of the Central Coast and part of the UC Natural Reserve System.

Flower Powers

The small Pacific enchanter's nightshade belongs to the family of herbs supposedly used by the sorceress Circe in 'The Odyssey.' Photo by Daniel Williford.

The late-blooming small Pacific enchanter's nightshade casts a curious spell on Blogging Naturalist Daniel Williford.

Happy Birthday Yosemite

A short, steep saunter up the Mist Trail  leads to this less-famous vantage of Half Dome. Hilltromper photo.

The nation's first park still blows our little minds.

Rings of Fire

S'mores are good. S'mores on the beach are great. Photo by Petyo Ivanov.

Fancy a fire on the beach? Where to roast your weenies near crashing waves.

Reasons to Be An 'On The Spot' Docent

Watching this could be your job. Photo by Zoran Kovacevik on Creative Commons.

No. 1: Whale-watching will be part of your job.

The Art of Raw Foraged Perfume

Wild aloe vera, an ingredient that perfumer Libby Patterson has had her eye on. She also uses non-botanical ingredients like horsehair and charcoal.

A morning in nature's apothecary with Libby Patterson as guide proves that making perfume from wild botanicals is easier than you might think.

In A State of Buckeye Bliss

The beautiful bountiful blossom o' the buckeye. Daniel Williford photo.

In another installment of The Blogging Naturalist, park interpreter Daniel Williford considers the wonder of the California buckeye, now blooming its head off.

The Outdoor Poet: Monika Rose

From the Gold Country poet, "Deer in The Road" and "Lizard."

Blogging Naturalist: Morgan Dill

To her surprise, this soap plant bloom opened when author Morgan Dill touched it. Photo by Morgan Dill.

The one-night-only performance of the flowering soap plant.

The Outdoor Poet: William Minor

Two by the Monterey poet: "Snowy Egret Cove" and "Full Moon."