Outdoors

Thunderheads coming

Even coastal San Diego County can experience summer raindrops

Birdwatchers need not despair now that the winter migrants are gone. Plenty of shore birds can be found on summer evenings in the natural coastal wetland areas of San Diego County. From south to north ...

June brings gloom, crape myrtles, and western azaleas

Overcast on the coast, sizzling temps inland

“June Gloom,” the cool and intermittently overcast conditions likely to dominate the beach and coastal areas through the remainder of this month, mocks the already sizzling temperatures inland. If it weren’t for the ocean’s enormous ...

Spring wildflowers remain, despite onset of June Gloom

Look for paintbrush, purple nightshade, coreopsis, sea fig, popcorn flower, and red monkey flower

The Catalina Eddy, a meteorological condition responsible for days-long episodes of dreary, overcast weather over San Diego, is most likely to occur in May and June. This weather pattern, which intensifies our late spring “June ...

The brash coloration of wildflowers and silk oaks

Bloom still to be found on north-facing slopes and in shady canyons

San Diego’s Coastal Wildflower Bloom continues practically unabated this year owing to late-season rains and cooler weather during April. On north-facing slopes and in shady canyon bottoms, where the sun’s drying effects have not yet ...

Purple haze covers San Diego, locusts dot Julian, and snakes emerge to hunt

Jacarandas and locust trees in bloom; snakes hungry

Blue-Blossoming Jacaranda Trees have already produced a first wave of color along the streets of San Diego. By early or mid-May, warm weather permitting, this Brazilian import could put on a dazzling show. The larger ...

Scampering caterpillars devour Anza Borrego's superbloom

Some sand verbena and desert sunflowers are hanging on.

By early April, the Anza-Borrego superbloom was all but over. Yellow puffs of blooming brittlebush still dotted the mountains on approach, and orange-petaled spindles still tipped the ocotillos’ tall tendrils, but the carpet of flowers ...

Bishop, CA: Eastern Sierras gateway

Boulders, burgers, bristlecones, add a dash of history.

For outdoor adventure, a dash of history, and crisp mountain air, head north to the Eastern Sierras to the small top of Bishop. Nestled between two of the largest mountain ranges in the contiguous United ...

The hills are alive with the rust tint of monkey-flowers

Look wherever native vegetation clothes the landscape

Monkey-Flowers of various species are putting on an excellent display this month around San Diego. Look for these low, shrublike plants with tubular yellow, orange, or red flowers wherever native vegetation clothes the landscape — ...

This year's coastal wildflower bloom is a fine one

Enjoy San Diego's spring bounty before May Gray and June Gloom set in

Bracken Ferns are rising on the higher mountains of San Diego County, their bright green, unfolding fronds (called “fiddleheads”) pushing up through the russet remains of last year’s growth. By late April or May, fully ...

Welcome to Bear Country

Solo camping in the Sierras' Little Lakes, a 6.5-hour drive north of S.D.

Although I had only been home a month, I had irrationally hoped to get my ideal big girl job and within a few months be settled in my big girl apartment. Since I was nowhere ...

A smell reminiscent of San Diego County’s agricultural past

Yuccas, orchid trees, and citrus in bloom

Orchid Trees, now at their flamboyant best in front yards and public spaces throughout the city, are showing off their large, orchidlike flowers in shades of pink, purple, and maroon. Orchid trees thrive in areas ...

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