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Ten miles south of Dixon is a beautiful preserve of vernal pools and native bunchgrasses called Jepson Prairie Preserve. It is home to Olcott lake which is a 93 acre playa lake, and many endangered, threatened and rare species. It is one of the only remaining vernal pool and bunchgrass prairie left in California.

Jepson Prairie Preserve

Ten miles south of Dixon is a beautiful preserve of vernal pools and native bunchgrasses called Jepson Prairie Preserve. It is home to Olcott lake which is a 93 acre playa lake, and many endangered, threatened and rare species. It is one of the only remaining vernal pool and bunchgrass prairie left in California.

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Mather Field Vernal Pools

Mather Field Vernal Pools

I had never heard of a vernal pool, and I do believe I have been missing out. Vernal Pools are these amazing little pools of water that only exist for short amounts of time. Vernal pools go through stages of life and are at their peak in spring. They are usually void of fish and […]

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Fruit of the (Tomato) Vine

Fruit of the (Tomato) Vine

This is Davis…in Yolo County. So what should every gardener be planting and caring for and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first fruits thereof? Tomatoes of course! Oh, I know there might be some few who neglect to include Lycopersicon esculentum in their vegetable plot, perhaps due to an allergy or traumatic childhood event […]

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The Oasis Under I-80

The Oasis Under I-80

With my husband and I taking roots in Sacramento, and our families still residing in the Bay Area, I cannot count how many times I have driven over the causeway that separates Davis and Sacramento. Since there usually is traffic over the causeway, and me being a photographer, I would always glance around and stare […]

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10 Timeless Activities

10 Timeless Activities

Not everything that you do with children and the outdoors needs to be a big adventure. There are lots of timeless activities that kids through generations have been doing in the outdoors and having a blast with. Best thing is… a lot of them are free, all they require is a little time, and possibly […]

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Patricia's Paradise

Patricia’s Paradise

I love visiting gardens, especially ones that are obviously cared for by a gardener. You know what I mean…someone who loves to play in the dirt and try new things. These gardens are never static, there is always something new to see, ideas to be stolen, surprises to be had. That is why I love […]

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