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Ancient Bristlecone Pines by Drone

Last week we had the opportunity to head up Highway 395 into Big Pine where we made a left up to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. Because of the coronavirus, the place was empty. Not a soul to be seen anywhere. We did a feature on bristlecones a few months ago in which we marveled …

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Why are California’s redwoods and sequoias so big and tall?

California’s giant sequoias and redwoods are nature’s skyscrapers. Existing mostly in a few narrow pockets in Northern California (there are also some redwoods just over the border with Oregon and Washington State), these two tree species are wonders of the biological world. They are also some of the most magnificent things to behold on the planet.

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The Majesty and Mystery of California’s Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecones are the longest living organism on earth. Gnarled and oftentimes squat, especially when compared to the majestic coastal redwoods and giant sequoias living near the coast further west, they hardly seem like mythical beings. But to scientists, they are a trove of information, offering clues to near immortality and to the many ways that the earth’s climate has changed over the last 5,000 years.

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The genius of Luther Burbank, father of the most famous potato in the world

Luther Burbank created some of the most successful fruits and vegetables in the world, all from his California farm.

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Descanso Gardens’ rare collection of dinosaur-era plants

In 2014, La Canada Flintridge residents Katia and Frederick Elsea called the city’s Descanso Gardens with an odd proposal: would the famous horticultural center take their collection of over 180 rare cycads, a fern-like plant from the days of the dinosaurs? The garden said yes, and now those plants are part of Descanso Gardens’ Ancient …

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