Trail Gulch Lake, Trinity Alps Wilderness, California

This place was so beautiful it hurt to look at it.

After a two mile hike in Siskiyou County through parched meadows and into the backcountry lays a lake fed by an underground spring as well as snow melt from Deadman Peak. Despite the worst drought in California history, Trail Gulch Lake is full of crystal clear water without a distressing bathtub ring circling its banks. The trailhead begins at Carter Meadows Campground in Klamath National Forest and  leads into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. My good friend Ian Hunter Mac Donald, who works for the forest service maintaining backcountry trails, was gracious enough to bring me to this special gem tucked away in Northern California. More to come from this adventure.

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My Friend Guy

Guy Wilson is seen by many in this community as a prophet for the artists. He selflessly gives his time and effort to make sure the creative folks with whom he surrounds himself have a place to be able to express themselves. We call that place Stoneworks and Guy is the man behind the stone curtain. He is also quite photogenic.

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This is my friend Guy Wilson in his truck.

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This is Guy in his bedroom window.

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This is Guy talking to a police officer about getting a dog.

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Then Samurai came into our lives (Mini was not happy about it.)

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Guy and Sam connected right away.

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Guy enjoys helping his girlfriend Michele with her sculptures.

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He also cuts a lot of wood with a chainsaw.

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He always has a lot of wood to cut.

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More than anything, Guy loves giving advice.

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And rescuing pelicans.

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See? He’s got a pelican.

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Guy has been very happy since Sam’s arrival.

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Guy loves to terrorize Buster.

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He’s got a lot of stuff to sort through one win at a time.

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Guy has a one-of-a-kind recipe for extraordinary steak and potatoes.

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Guy has a bird.

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He sometimes dresses like a pirate and takes the bird to museums.

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He’s still giving advice.

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He even gives advice on the phone.

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One year at Christmas he played with bubbles.

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We all tell him he looks like Albert Einstein, Mark Twain and one other person…

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Hulk Hogan.

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Guy loves his dog and his morning fires.

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However nothing beats an evening fire.

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Except maybe an evening fire with Sam.

Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Curtain

On May 23 and 24, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 1 a.m PST, a never before seen cloud formation was observed. The “Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Curtain” occurred when the less than impressive Camelopardalid Meteor Shower was obscured by lenticular clouds over the Sespe Wilderness outside of Rose Valley, Calif. Since it was the first time the meteor shower had ever been observed from earth, it makes logical sense that the cloud formation that blocked the 5-10 meteors an hour, had also never before been seen… Throughout the evening a few jets flew by and the occasional shooting star until our patch of sky was blanketed by cloud cover. The bottom image is a composite of 55 images looking towards Piedra Blanca, none of which caught a meteor.

Camelopardalid Meteor Shower Curtain

Sespe Star Trails

Joshua Tree National Park

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In the Middle, In the City

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Morro Bay

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The Big Easy

If the food and the charming people of New Orleans don’t sweep you off your feet, the music surely will. It can be heard  coming out of every bar, restaurant, night club, hotel, coffee shop and street corner in the French Quarter.

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

At the northern tip of California, nine miles inland from Crescent City lays one of the Golden State treasures. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is home to some of the tallest trees in the world and provides a backdrop suitable for any fairy tale taking place in a magical forest. I recently traveled there with Multimedia Beast contributors Mark Turner and Caitlin Fitch for a weekend away from our daily lives. We were all delighted by the parks facilities and in awe of the extraordinary beauty of the Giant Redwoods. This is a slice of what caught my eye and took my breath away. Head over to Multimedia Beast to see more photos from my comrades. Cheers.

 

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Window Silly Kitty And The Guys

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