Outdoors

Adventures in Bariloche: a Top 10

Visit this Argentinean gateway to Patagonia and "Tahoe of South America."

Known as the Tahoe of South America — and the portal to glorious Patagonia — San Carlos de Bariloche is worth spending a few kick-ass days in before continuing on to El Bolsón or Villa ...

The fabled green flash

Plus some info on cross-country skiing and tree aloes

Cross-Country Skiers are in for a short-lived treat late this month through February if winter storms intense enough to drop several inches to two feet of snow hit San Diego County’s higher mountains. As the ...

Blood-red flowers, blood-red sunsets

Try Soledad, Helix, Cowles, Woodson for sun viewing

Poinsettias, a favorite of backyard gardeners, are now exhibiting their scarlet, petal-like bracts, just in time for the holidays. The onset of 14-hour-long nights triggers their behavior: In San Diego this condition is met just ...

Ephemeral snow in Cuyamaca and on Palomar

But shore birds everywhere

Cross-Country Skiers are in for a short-lived treat this month through February if winter storms intense enough to drop several inches to two feet of snow hit San Diego County’s higher mountains. As the clouds ...

Freemont cottonwoods and why rainbows come now

The sun never gets higher than 42 ̊

The Fremont Cottonwoods along the San Diego River in Mission Gorge are now showing their best tawny foliage. You can park at the Old Mission Dam historic site or the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor ...

Ice crystals, liquidambar, sycamores

Look for the ring around the sun

Atmospheric Ice-Crystal Effects are often observed, starting about this time of year, because of the frequent appearance of high clouds made of tiny bits of ice. The most familiar of these optical effects is the ...

Cuyamaca's poplars, Palomar's oaks, docile tarantulas

And the nearly imperceptible temperature drop

Autumn Color in San Diego County’s mountains reaches its greatest intensity in late October and early November. The forested heights of Palomar Mountain are especially colorful right now. Black oaks on Palomar’s rolling uplands will ...

Oaks bring fall to Cuyamaca, Laguna, and Palomar mountains

Pinkish or purplish, hibiscus-like flowers bloom on pink floss

The Floss Silk Tree, a conspicuous “autumn bloomer” here and there around San Diego, has been showing off its pinkish or purplish, hibiscus-like flowers for a few weeks. The broad, heavy trunks of this South ...

Deepest sand of the year

Winter storms will pull it off

As the Beach-Going Season Winds Down, San Diego County’s coastline is padded by what is likely the deepest and widest accumulations of sand we’ll see this year. Many stretches of the coastline are vulnerable to ...

Autumn trademarks in San Diego — dense fog and Chinese flame trees

November is our real fall

Chinese Flame Trees are now displaying colorful clusters of orange, reddish, or salmon-pink seed pods. Good specimens line the south end of Balboa Drive in Balboa Park and Lake Murray Boulevard through San Diego’s San ...

San Diego sunsets 75 seconds earlier every day

Coastal sage at nadir of green

The Time of Sunset changes most rapidly this time of the year. This is mainly because the sun is swinging rapidly south along the ecliptic (its apparent path through the background stars). From the latitude ...

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