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aguacaliente

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Topic Author's Original Post - May 20, 2012 - 02:32am PT
Slide show from a forthcoming book:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/05/20/sunday-review/20LIGHT.html

The valley supplies half of the fruits and vegetables for the United States. ...

We saw this fruit bowl of America being planted with its final crop of ticky-tacky cookie-cutter houses and gated communities with homes overlooking artificial lakes. ...

Humans were not the only ones struggling for a home. The valley is one of the greatest North American flyways for millions of migrating birds, and their nesting ground has been stripped down to contain almost unimaginably big fields of crops that don’t accommodate animal life. The use of pesticides on this scale was mind-boggling. The Central Valley has provided the dream for many, but it is also deeply shadowed.

The issues in the valley are the global challenges of our generation: water, land use, population, growing economic disparity.

By Ken and Melanie Light. The "final crop" is one heckuva way of putting it.
zBrown

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May 20, 2012 - 02:47am PT
Thanks for the link. I now have both a NYTimes account and a viewing of the slide show. Very stark.


Dapper Dan

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Jan 14, 2016 - 05:35pm PT
Yo DMT where in the San Joaquin do you live? I gotta move outta of the Bay Area...
mouse from merced

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:11pm PT
Very nice selection, DMT.

May I join you--I haven't many, mind you.

Merced River bridges in the boonies (Shaffer RR bridge and Amsterdam Rd. bridge).

mouse from merced

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:12pm PT
The Merced River descending towards the bridges.
mouse from merced

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:14pm PT
Fine local taco eatery on Santa Fe at Winton Way, north of Castle Airport.
mouse from merced

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:17pm PT
Fine up & coming university out in the boonies north of Merced.

Thank you.
hooblie

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:28pm PT
you're a master hoster, dingle toaster
Chaz

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Jan 14, 2016 - 08:54pm PT

Holiday Inn on The 5, an hour south of Stockton.

110* with 30mph wind blowing agriculture odors and debris, like wheat stalks and chicken feathers, all over the place.
mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:29am PT
A quick trip down the San Joaquin Valley's main artery, Hwy 99, from Merced County to Kern County.


It's not really on 99, but lies south of Merced near Hwy 152 which connects to 99 in Madera County.
mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:32am PT
El Nido exists because of cotton and dairy cattle, mostly.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:33am PT
Getting out of Dodge.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:35am PT
Madera/Fresno county line, the San Joaquin River and its refurbished bridge.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:38am PT
Tulare Airfield.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:42am PT
Also in Tulare.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:44am PT
Also Tulare (home of the annual Ag Mfrs. Exhibit).

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:48am PT
Soon entering Bakersfield.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:51am PT
South of Bakersfield.

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:56am PT
Too far...looking back towards the Grapevine.


mrtropy

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Jan 15, 2016 - 06:30am PT
Summer and winter local produce.


A hawk that that fallen from a nest

Spring time in two more months

Srbphoto

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Kennewick wa
Jan 15, 2016 - 07:21am PT
if you love photos of the Central Valley, this is a pretty good book.

http://www.sjphoto.com/gcvp-home.html
hooblie

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Jan 15, 2016 - 07:21am PT
i learned that if you're waiting for blades to arrange themselves aestheticly you'd best pack a lunch
mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 07:51am PT
Naitch, you got your blue ridges, we got our brown hills. :0)

Burnin' Oil

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CA
Jan 15, 2016 - 10:36am PT


Cogged

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Merced, Ca
Jan 15, 2016 - 11:54am PT
zBrown

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Jan 15, 2016 - 12:10pm PT
Thanks for the photos. I now have both a NY Times account and a viewing of the slide show and the photos of well-known Central Villains.

Stark and not so stark.

Thankfully you're free to ride around in your machines and make a photographic record.

When is the book due out?

mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:12pm PT

Never could figure out what crop these ground-hugging vines were. Genuine Yosemite sand.
mouse from merced

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Jan 15, 2016 - 02:18pm PT
Meanwhile, back in Bakersfield...



Darwin

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Jan 15, 2016 - 08:03pm PT
This is off then end of Alonzo [sic, should be Alonso] road in Vacaville in 1969.
The current site of Will C Wood High School is just over the rise.
Our family farm is/was the land in the foreground,
and the buildings are on the Marshall Ranch.
I worked on the ranch right after finishing Berkeley High.
All this land is wall-to-wall houses now except for Padan Park,
which had been ours but ended up being a park attached to an elementary school.



mouse from merced

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Jan 17, 2016 - 09:00am PT
Wouldn't you like some of my purple berries?


[Click to View YouTube Video]

Sailor take warning.
A red sky at dawning.


Farmer Dennis, breaking his fast of a Sunday morning.
Country breakfast and coffee is a daily start for him.

mouse from merced

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Jan 18, 2016 - 12:55pm PT
Springtime view west from top of Guadalupe Grade above Catheys Valley, Hwy 140.

mouse from merced

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Jan 21, 2016 - 07:07pm PT




zBrown

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Jan 21, 2016 - 07:21pm PT
It ain't Central California, but who can resist the Chatanooga Choo Choo station.


Photo on the right: Confederate Prisoners at the Chattanooga Train Depot - Submitted by Phebe Morgan




Nice set of photos here. Not to mention some interesting namez.

http://www.hctgs.org/photos/photos_places.htm

Chickamauga Boat Harbor - 1938

mouse from merced

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Jan 22, 2016 - 01:58am PT
Site of the Huffman mansion. Charles Huffman and Charles Crocker (one of the Big Four) were the men who brought Merced River water to the croplands out on the plains starting in the 1870s.

His mansion burned and was replaced by this Georgian home built by C.Ray Robinson, big-time land lawyer and son of pioneer settlers in Merced County. It now serves as a bed and breakfast.
mouse from merced

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Jan 24, 2016 - 08:07pm PT

mouse from merced

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Jan 24, 2016 - 08:16pm PT


tuolumne_tradster

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Jan 24, 2016 - 08:17pm PT
Lakeview gusher Midway-Sunset discovery well near Taft CA

The Lakeview Gusher, which blew out in 1910 at Midway-Sunset oilfield near Taft, California. The Lakeview is the largest gusher the U.S. has ever seen, blowing more oil than either Spindletop in Texas, or the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
With 1 well they depleted a tremendous amount of reservoir pressure...

Midway-Sunset field today where much of the oil production is from steam flooding...

South Belridge field where most of the hydrofracturing in California is taking place to stimulate oil from Miocene diatomite deposits..
mouse from merced

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Jan 25, 2016 - 02:01pm PT











mouse from merced

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Jan 26, 2016 - 06:53am PT
The Western American Dream, the ranchette.

Or the next thing to it.
mouse from merced

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Jan 26, 2016 - 07:11am PT

Does an electric horseman dream of battery-operated cattle?

mouse from merced

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Feb 3, 2016 - 06:56pm PT
Here's a couple of excerpted pages from Piece Work: Fields and Dreams from the Central Valley by Fresno author Charlie Mariano, formerly a Merced kid.

Might mention his other books, The Whole Enchilada: Recipes, Photos and Stories from Merced, CA and Tio Boogie, his latest.

This story is called "Saving Gilbert." And another tale from Charlie.
And then there is this, from the MoTown Bee, on a new craft brewery. Try the Sandude Brown Ale if you have a chance. Mmmm-mmm.
http://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article3583650.html

Hey, Dingus, when are we gonna get together? Say the word.
Burnin' Oil

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CA
Feb 8, 2016 - 03:21pm PT





Burnin' Oil

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Feb 8, 2016 - 03:22pm PT
mouse from merced

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Feb 12, 2016 - 02:10pm PT





mouse from merced

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Feb 19, 2016 - 12:22am PT
Around the Memorial Day holiday of 2013 T Hocking and I met at the Woodfest, then I followed him as we drove to his place north of Redding: this wasn't enough driving for me, as I figured I could make it back to Merced that same day, the last of the holiday weekend.
I could make some good time on I-5, and I did...until I stopped at the overcrossing that serves the dinky farming community of Maxwell, bypassed and no longer much of anything.
I was happy to rest, but was so taken by the vantage point above the flat plain with abundant rice growing in the brilliant sunshine, stretching off to forever. The air was astonishingly clear and I set up the camera and tripod and took a 360 degree pan from various spots on the overpass.
Huge semis seemed dwarfed by the space around them, and visible to my eye from a long ways down the Interstate. Their noise in passing wasn't noticeable to me, as I was more absorbed in what I could see in the lens of my Canon.
When I was done I took more time and went to the frontage road on the east side of "the 5" and parked in the shade of some walnut trees growing next to a rice pond. An irrigation ditch, filled with Sacramento River water, ran next to the walnut grove.
Someone had left a dozer to rest in the shade and it was definitely dozing. The peacefulness settled in quickly, but I was restless in spite of it, wandering around shooting the scene.
It seemed silly to me that everyone was talking about a possible drought, when here was all this green rice and plentiful water.
After a sandwich and a beer I wandered into Maxwell, took some pictures of that slumbering relic of better days and a whole highway of travelers to provide with meals, gas, and lodging. There may have been one of those Giant Orange stands there in the past, but I saw no sign of one on my way south out of town.
All of this bucolic afternoon's peaceful feeling was destroyed as I plunged into the mad holiday, post-sunset traverse through the canyons of buildings in downtown Sacramento. I'd not owned this car for more than a few weeks and hadn't really been driving for years, so this was hellish and really freaked me out. I prayed, I think.
I didn't arrive home until nearly midnight.
Part of the reason for this late arrival is because I'd gotten off the 5 to get gas around Stockton and got lost in the dark, taking at least a half-dozen wrong trails. After a long search, I found the entrance to 99 South, thank you Lord!

You don't want to get lost in the dark with no map in the Central Valley, because there are no landmarks if you are a stranger.

mouse from merced

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Apr 14, 2016 - 10:35pm PT


Mungeclimber

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Apr 14, 2016 - 11:11pm PT
From earlier in the winter...

Dr.Sprock

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Apr 14, 2016 - 11:26pm PT
used to take alternate routes when going to or from the sierra rivers,

one night we stumbled upon the Firebaugh old timers rodeo,

all these poor seniors gettin bucked off of wild bulls,


mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:10pm PT

Merry month of May in Mariposa.

Looking along Bear Creek from Merced county near the county line.
mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:46pm PT

"The Plains" of the San Joaquin's valley.

Looking downstream on Bear Creek to the west and north.

This is one of several feeder creeks to the San Joaquin River which arise in the foothills and not in the higher peaks, like the Fresno River and the Chowchilla River. They drain a much larger area but remain low or dry in most summers, like the smaller creeks.

These locally include Dry, Rascal, Miles, Owens, Mariposa, Dutchman, and Deadman creeks.
mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:50pm PT

"Blood Meridian/June in SoMar"

One evening looking dead west into the sun from White Rock Rd. on the slope of Ward Mtn. in beautiful, dry southern Mariposa county.

The Round Hills are in the offing,
As is the looming gloaming.

mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:58pm PT

The south slope of Ward Mtn. from White Rock Rd., which leads over the mountain and into Bridgeport on Agua Fria Creek, a feeder of Mariposa Creek.

Fresno to left, Mother Lode to right.
mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 01:26pm PT

The Merced Irrigation District's Main Canal, carrying Merced River water, flowing south into the county.

This pic was made at the Robinson Rd. bridge.
mouse from merced

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Apr 21, 2016 - 01:50pm PT

Dunn Creek runs into Goodwin Creek near La Grange. Shortly after that, it feeds the Tuolumne River.

This should not tilt like it does. That's my fault. Down stream is to the right!


This is south of Crimea House by Red Hills on J-59. The watercourse is possibly Big Creek, which I located on a map.

It was mis-named, if any ever any creek was. Or it was a joke.
hooblie

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from out where the anecdotes roam
Apr 22, 2016 - 07:00am PT
i'm swooning over here man ... beautiful!

(it's no picnic walkin' upright with the amygdala of an ungulate)
hooblie

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May 5, 2016 - 09:53pm PT
mouse from merced

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May 6, 2016 - 07:44am PT
mouse from merced

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May 6, 2016 - 07:50am PT
mouse from merced

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May 6, 2016 - 08:11am PT


mouse from merced

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May 6, 2016 - 08:23am PT
View of the Sierra Nevada from north of Merced.


Fourth St. in Snelling, CA. The Oddfellows Hall and the market.


The O. Gallo building, dating to 1900, on Snelling's main drag, J16.


Snelling's maind drag.
pud

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Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
May 6, 2016 - 08:41am PT
Wonderful photos in this thread.

Here is very good read for anyone interested in the history of our central valley and it's transformation.

mouse from merced

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May 8, 2016 - 01:21am PT
Where the plains meet the foothills.
The Merced River lies just beyond the first ridge of golden hills, as seen from Hornitos Rd.
McSwain Dam is out of the picture to the left, hidden by a hill.

The largest vernal pool visible from the Snelling Road between the river and Merced. Looking east and south.
mouse from merced

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May 8, 2016 - 01:49am PT



I must second Pud's estimate of Gerald Haslam.

His work is day rigger for Okie oil-patcher stories.
Burnin' Oil

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CA
May 9, 2016 - 12:26pm PT
Mouse is down there somewhere. Taken from Mt. Bullion Ridge Road - what a bumper crop of succulent poison oak - everywhere.

mouse from merced

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May 19, 2016 - 06:52pm PT
Coming into Merced from Snelling. Excuse the tilted image.
WBraun

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May 21, 2016 - 07:34am PT
Yes ... the central Valley is actually a very beautiful place.

Most people never see the real central valley because they roar thru it in their tin cans on wheels with the windows rolled up and air conditioners on.

These aliens just blast thru wearing their filtered glasses oblivious to the variegated life around them.

One must go deep into the fields themselves and face to face inches from the ground to appreciate.

Only when they do a roll-over and faceplant do they suddenly "see"?

just see .....

Gene

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May 21, 2016 - 08:01am PT
Mouse,

It's about time for another road trip. I'll give you a call.

Gene
mouse from merced

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May 21, 2016 - 08:10am PT
Si, hombre!

Awesome shots this morning, DMT; and Andy, thanks for taking us along.

You two dudes really get around, huh?

I wish that I had been able to keep that well-pump and drilling job in Oxnard.

We were in a different location practically every day.

The full moon sets in clouds over the Central Valley.

Gene, I know you expense the gasoline we use, so let me buy lunch on the next trip out, OK?

Oakhurts was a fun trip.
PAUL SOUZA

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Central Valley, CA
May 23, 2016 - 09:25am PT


mouse from merced

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May 26, 2016 - 02:01pm PT
That giant park in Snelling which you mentioned on the prior page is called Henderson Park; and it has a parking LOT that is nearly as big as it is, DMT.

When I first married Liz in the in-laws all gathered at the river there for an annual Fathers' Day event put on by the BPOE, complete with softball throwing contest, 3-leg races and the like.

There is an annual car show out there, also.
mouse from merced

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May 26, 2016 - 02:28pm PT
DMT's tower is, if memory serves, the UOP tower in Stockton. There is an organ inside that auditorium that is DA KINE! Methodist madness.

The wine industry is one of the central valley's biggest. And the biggest of the wineries has got to be Gallo.

Both DMT and myself have presented shots of their winery on the Merced River in or near Livingston. Here is some vintage visual "surf foam" I have come across this afternoon.

Flotsam or jetsam, don't make no diff
He's drunk so much he's layin' there stiff

Spill the wine, dig that girl...[Click to View YouTube Video]

And shillin'.

California's young grape industry fell on hard times in the twenties.

Did you know that grapes in the valley and elsewhere were grown level with the ground until someone realized that trellises worked far better and saved harvesters from so much stooping?

And this enabled more folks to find work by selling lumber to string wire, by selling wire from which to hang the vines, and so forth.

Agribusiness. Agronomy. Agrarian.



mouse from merced

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May 26, 2016 - 02:54pm PT
One of my faves in this thread so far, it makes me feel at home, somehow.Paul Souza, those are great shots, too.


And it's Merced River water.


http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article50831510.html

mouse from merced

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May 26, 2016 - 07:33pm PT

Dingus, it's your turn, buddy.

WBraun

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May 27, 2016 - 07:24am PT
Look away, you can't have a drop of it.

I've jumped that fence many times and swam in the water.

But you have to have short rope attached to the fence because the current is really strong.

After my swimming in this water the crops started growing really nicely .....

:-)

hooblie

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May 27, 2016 - 07:57am PT
question for the cognoscenti ... (digging what y'all're doing here btw)what the heck is going on here? it's across the street from the visalia n.f. info, so it's a valley centric query
mrtropy

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Nor Cal
May 27, 2016 - 12:09pm PT
The Tower at UOP is Burns Tower. His grandson used to play drums in a bunch of local Stockton punk bands. My wife used to have to drive him to gigs in the 1980's because he was too young.
Dapper Dan

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Redwood City
Jun 9, 2016 - 08:42pm PT
sweet post DMT , I always had a soft spot for aerial pics...
mouse from merced

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Jun 9, 2016 - 11:12pm PT
What’s THIS???!!!!

"Why, that's Lembert Dome, Mr. Toastburn."

And no, I can never get enough of yur fine, fine efforts, Dingus.

Nawmean?

And I never saw the pics from May till tonite.
mouse from merced

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Jun 9, 2016 - 11:21pm PT
Good a place as any.

POTUS is coming to the land of golden wheat and high-quality rice.

Will he be flying into Fresno, where there are more people, or will he back-door in from Castle Airport, home to a federal prison?

He'll have to use someone's chopper. Who will be in the crew?

And will Werner be there to greet them/view them?

Just idle questions on a balmy summer night with the window open to the breeze.

I picked up a bag of delicious small local plums today at the Hmong market which is going out of business around the corner.
mouse from merced

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Jun 10, 2016 - 12:24am PT
I love this Lee, who is retiring along with his beautiful wife next month, and his family.

They have always, in the fifteen years I have known them, been polite, helpful, double-bagged without being asked (I always buy my milk there), and have had about as good a life as a refugee could have.

I walked over to buy milk today, but had forgotten my wallet with a couple dollars in it, and my debit card, but had beaucoup quarters in my pocket. "I robbed the changed jar, but left the cash behind."

Kialee Mkt.I had not been in the market for over a week.
I was not prepared for the reality.The highlight of this jaunt was speaking with the little gang of nephews roaming around the back of the store, which was once stacked with very family-sized rice bags and a good selection of Asian coffee and pep-me-ups and slim-me-downs to counter all that extra wafer weight.

Gobi-like. But lots cooler.One, two, three!
The Kialee began business thirty years ago. Sad to see the best things in life end.

Sure would like to go to the rodeo on Sunday. We'll see.
Lollie

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Jun 12, 2016 - 03:51pm PT
Is Table Mountain as flat on top as it looks from a distance? Is it possible to walk it from one end to another? It looks as there's a bit in the lower end which isn't connected to the rest?
EdBannister

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13,000 feet
Jun 12, 2016 - 04:03pm PT
doughnutnational

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its nice here in the spring
Jun 12, 2016 - 04:31pm PT
McKenzie table from Fresno County table mountain, Pretty flat but not very smooth.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 12, 2016 - 05:14pm PT
mike shaw created the best image i found googling "boney mountain" for you dingus.

it anchors the west end of the santa monicas. didn't you 'splore the PCH out past malibu on one of your forays
... deer creek rd. ring a bell? the last through breakout up and over to the conejo valley before pt. mugu.
the backdoor to newberry park has access too. not central valley but that's flight life for you

edit: gimme five, up high
EdBannister

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Jun 12, 2016 - 05:30pm PT
Dingus,
I think the Geology here was a Catapillar D-8 pushed a few yards around
for the sunset pic
EdBannister

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Jun 12, 2016 - 05:59pm PT
EdBannister

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Jun 12, 2016 - 06:03pm PT
EdBannister

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Jun 12, 2016 - 06:13pm PT
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Jun 12, 2016 - 06:21pm PT
mouse from merced

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Jun 17, 2016 - 06:51am PT
Above Merced Courthuse before daybreak.
6-17-16

Here's one, Dingus--'nother dawn bird.
mouse from merced

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Jun 17, 2016 - 07:04am PT
Workers on the comm tower at City Hall at 0h Dark Thirty this morning. Hills in Madera County in the distance.
Yet more dawn birds.
mouse from merced

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Jun 21, 2016 - 10:42am PT
Two sides on everything.
So as not to confuse, since foreign posters and lurkers are prone to misconceptions about this country,
the "eastside" pictured is not the Eastside of the Sierra Nevada,
which is really more akin to the Promised Land in the Middle East.

That is a photo of the west slope of the Sierra Nevada,
which form the east side of the Central Valley.
It is called the Central Valley. What it is the center of is debatable.

I'ts like unto the problem people have with defining SoCal and NorCal.

What's the middle? It depends on where you are not at all. It's up to cartographers.

I could ask the cartographer of the group to come say a few things, but he's off surfing this morning.
Some days he's off climbing with thebravecowboy, or that's his excuse, anyway.

HEY, LOOK OUT!
This is my idea for the homeless center.
Let them camp here in this quiet spot next to the freeway north of the creek and out of townsmen's sight.
This is a SW aspect of Freeway 99, truck in southbound lanes entering town.

Bear Creek RR bridge from next to Old 99.
mouse from merced

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Jul 16, 2016 - 09:14am PT

Where Old Tractors Go To Die (Bright’s in LeGrand)

driving down Plainsburg road
just off the 99
on an overcast, early eve
miles and miles
of orchards, fields

from a distance,
could make out shapes
long lines of something,
ghostly silhouettes,
in the middle of nowhere

I stopped, for a better view
and stared
at rows and rows
of old tractors, lined up
solemnly, tires flat, treads broken, rusted

a once mighty army
chugging, clanking loudly,
silenced,
brought to a standstill

no more ground to cultivate,
a final resting place

just before the sun sank
into an ominous,
dusky haze,

I thought about all the old farmers
gone now,
on these great machines
who bled, sacrificed, worked the land
under that brutal, central valley sun,
side by side,

with my father
--C. Mariano, from Piece Work
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 16, 2016 - 09:34am PT

Heartland

i realize
after decades away
thousands of trips home,

Highway 99,
that stretch of road
between Sacramento and Merced,
is now part of me
and constant

holidays, family events
numbing, traumatizing
funerals,

on the 99, always the 99,

i realize
the winding rivers of my youth
flowing all directions
in Merced County,
are also constant

like the river
by Henderson Park
family gatherings,
rafting

or the river in Winton,
by Shaffer Bridge
where we swam,
just down the road
from the sweet potato field,
where Daddy worked

and later, as a teenager
drinking, driving
the backroads through Snelling,
along the river,
that led to Mariposa,
and higher,
all the way to Yosemite

from there
the powerful, mesmerizing
Merced River
that rages down the mountains
from Yosemite,
caressing rocks, boulders
to glistening jewels,

flowing wildly, mightliy
to the lower valley,
that feeds into all the streams and rivers
of my childhood

i realize now,
it's always been,

the Merced River
and the 99,

that binds,
connects,
converges,

takes me home
-C. Mariano, from Piece Work



Bushman

climber
The state of quantum flux
Jul 16, 2016 - 10:37am PT
^^^^
More Mouse, more!
Moving, that last one.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 17, 2016 - 10:58pm PT
Judy Collins - Cook With Honey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crUfbSrNMv8

The Pie Shop, eh?

Nice essay, ese!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 24, 2016 - 12:13am PT

Colusa rice at the beginning of June.

mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 26, 2016 - 11:18pm PT
This track runs the entire length of the Central Valley. This train is doing forty-five or fifty following a turn a quarter-mile back and is heading northward.

It's gone by the names of Central Pacific, Southern Pacific, and now runs Union Pacific schedules.
mouse from merced

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The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 28, 2016 - 09:27am PT
The redness of last night may have been from two separate fires my brother told me about over the phone this morning.
One was just across New Melones from his place, which is on Rawhide Rd, more or less.

Thanks, Jebus.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 12, 2016 - 08:04am PT
谢谢你,天朝。
zBrown

Ice climber
Sep 15, 2016 - 08:35am PT
Nice photos fellas.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2016 - 08:06am PT
Note that this view is NOT what tourists come here for.^^^^

Nice purty shots, Dingus. Too bad there are no stop signs, telephone poles, other cars, or people in the way.

Moments to live for...peace and quiet. No freeway noise, no nothing but wind in the weeds, the sounds of silence.

So spark one up and hang around watching the doves light along the fence line and be glad we aren't out here working on some combine with two dozen ornery mules to contend with and flies and itchy bodies and long hours in woolen clothes and heavy boots.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2016 - 08:20am PT
Smoke plume from the Rim fire.
These were shot back in '13.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2016 - 08:22am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 8, 2016 - 08:24am PT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 8, 2016 - 10:42am PT
i wish i could keep up with you two horsemen of the valley apprecialypse. all i can say is i shall return

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 22, 2016 - 02:07pm PT
A look at the valley from the other side from Del Puerto Canyon, hooblie.

I likee that shot.

The stealthy approach.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 22, 2016 - 02:09pm PT
The grand view after a two mile walk over the baked cobbles.

That's the Merced River flowing into the valley.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 31, 2016 - 10:44am PT



squishy

Mountain climber
Oct 31, 2016 - 02:18pm PT



WBraun

climber
Nov 12, 2016 - 08:00am PT
I've always loved the Central valley.

Most people never much get past driving down 99 to really see it's real beauty that DMT and mouse from Merced continually capture thru their camera lens here ......
Mike.

climber
Nov 15, 2016 - 12:01pm PT
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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 1, 2016 - 12:39am PT
Mary Austin called the Sacramento River Delta the Land of the Little Duck, referring to California Indian myth. Tossing up the river's mud, Little Duck made California's mountains.

Travel and booster literature likened the Delta to the Zuider Zee. A postcard publisher [guy named Savage, who ran a trading post?] used to sell views of "Beautiful Rio Vista, Calif., Capital of the American Netherlands."

Isleton, or Locke, became known as the Asparagus Capital of the World.
There is nothing spectacular or grand about the low-lying triangle by which California's Central Valley rivers seek the sea--except, at times, its sky. The skyscape can be a tremendous pile of billowing cumulus clouds, sometimes as dramatic as the firmament over the Arizona desert or the heavens off the Kona Coast. but the flattended horizon is broken only by the distant bulk of Mount Diablo's saddle.

Spectacle is the business of our desert mesas and buttes; the jagged and surf-battered Redwood Coast; or the High Sierra, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin are born in springs, snowbanks, and even glaciers.

The Delta, in contrast, is a bucolic land of peace, a tranquil place of ease largely unsullied by civilization. It is low-keyed; it must be approached on its own unhurried terms in order to be properly appreciated.

It is a backwater, a throwback in a few hidden "gunkholes," or anchorages, to the pristine landscape of the Spanish explorers and, everywhere else, to the easygoing rural and pastoral California of a century ago.

Time stands still. It is almost as much "an island in time" as Harold Gilliam's lonesome Point Reyes Peninsula.


Take a drive north from 4 along 160. Maybe you'll run into someone named Dingus.Pass the peat on, Pete.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 18, 2016 - 11:16am PT
I feel like I just walked out of a coffee table book, DMT. I haven't checked this thread since posting last. You have all the makings for a fine book yourself.

Peripherally, the hydraulickers AND the dredgers have detracted from the pristine geography of our state. There are a lot of areas on both sides of the valley, not just on the western Sierra slopes, left with their cobbles exposed until...when?

I've dredged up a few shots from a visit to the dredge piles along the Merced between Merced Falls, where BroMike lives hidden by acres and acres of cobbles up to twenty-five feet high along their ridgetops, in my estimation. When we were kids in Sacramento, the drive into the Sierras passed miles of piles out by Mather AFB. They are now part of the landscape, permanently, in most instances.

I find that visiting the piles is sort of like visiting Yosemite Valley, in a way, where it is possible to find some seclusion from the rest of humanity at certain times, even on the busiest days.

The traffic beyond the screen of oaks and cottonwoods by the river road is audible, but you soon tune it out as you meander through the access roads, raising a plume of dust behind your car.

It seems unnaturally cool in the shady spots. This is because there are occasional low spots that are a bit boggy. The sources of this water are the ditches which run through the dredge piles and leak into the surrounding area, promoting cattails and related plants, attracting some mosquitoes, of course. And clouds of gnats.

There are few bass in these boggy areas, but there are some monsters who've lorded it over the frogs and mice and such who also call it home. I don't like wading into these areas as it's almost impossible to have fun. You have to go in the late afternoon and settle in and wait and begin fishing after the sun's down. This is like duck hunting, to me, and I've long since quit trying. I would rather now just enjoy a quiet time watching the river flow.

Access points are few along this stretch, however, unless you know property owners.
I take my brother's word for it. I'd like to keep being invited to enjoy his property, at least. When I did meet the neighbors one day, however, it was copacetic, mutually enjoyable, and lots of fun.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 18, 2016 - 12:01pm PT
Out east of Merced getting close to the foothills.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 27, 2016 - 05:01am PT
The clarity of the air recently is such a photographer's friend, ain't it?

Love the contrast above the histum yani ("spirit"), as the Maidu called the range.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Dec 27, 2016 - 09:58am PT
Drove over the Mokelumne River yesterday. Watched a motorized skiff rail down the river like he was a New York cab driver.

Navigable.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Dec 29, 2016 - 09:31am PT
Are all those businesses in Isleton still open?

Bob the Master Baiter.
Cool looking old school town.
Bascuela

Trad climber
Fresno, CA
Dec 31, 2016 - 12:11pm PT
I was born and raised in Exeter but living in the bright lights of Fresno now. This thread is really cool, keep the pics coming!
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Dec 31, 2016 - 12:41pm PT
Mima mounds of Merced CA


LIDAR image of Merced Mima Mounds from OpenTopography.org website

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2013.09.018

Mima mounds are ~1-m-high hillocks found on every continent except Antarctica. Despite often numbering in the millions within a single field, their origin has been a mystery, with proposed explanations ranging from glacial processes to seismic shaking. One hypothesis proposes that mounds in North America are built by burrowing mammals to provide refuge from seasonally saturated soils. We test this hypothesis with a numerical model, parameterized with measurements of soil transport by gophers from a California mound field, that couples animal behavior with geomorphic processes. The model successfully simulates the development of the mounds as well as key details such as the creation of vernal pools, small intermound basins that provide habitat for endemic species. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the spatial structure of the modeled mound fields is similar to actual mound fields and provides an example of self-organized topographic features. We conclude that, scaled by body mass, Mima mounds are the largest structures built by nonhuman mammals and may provide a rare example of an evolutionary coupling between landforms and the organisms that create them.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 31, 2016 - 01:28pm PT
These mima hills are my little treasured place to go where solitude abounds, the hawks soar, and the sun bakes everything, bleaching bones and drying vernal pools, and tanning coeds sun-bathing on the lawns of UC Merced.

Dingus mentioned these as being the result of burrowing by rodents once upon a time somewhere on the Flames. He knows his landforms, by golly.

"The hills north of town" have seen the tread of my approach boots many times, but I never seem to get out there now I have no car. But I do have photos from when I did.
Climberdude

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
Dec 31, 2016 - 02:49pm PT
I loved these photographs, particularly the ones from Locke and Walnut Grove. These bring back some memories since my mother had a pear ranch just up river from Locke. I stayed on the ranch or nearby during the picking season. It was a treat to go get an ice cream bar at the Big Store in Walnut Grove after my mom finished checking the pears for the day.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 2, 2017 - 09:51am PT
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 2, 2017 - 10:05am PT
Cool shots, Mouse. Where'd you go?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 2, 2017 - 10:11am PT
That was on the return trip to Merced coming down the Central Valley from Redding after T Hocking and I farted around on Tom's Thumb near Susanville.
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Jan 2, 2017 - 10:12am PT
EdBannister

Mountain climber
13,000 feet
Jan 2, 2017 - 10:13am PT
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 2, 2017 - 11:19am PT
Looking for birds with my son yesterday. Central Valley: hell on earth
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 12, 2017 - 06:23pm PT
The Hammer of God is still cranking,
sending boomers over the valley this week,
dumping rain in huge amounts.
These shots were made from the fifth floor
of my home this evening as the sky cleared a bit.
More to come tonight.
WBraun

climber
Jan 18, 2017 - 07:23am PT
This IS the real Central Valley ^^^^^^ and has cow manure in it.

Cow manure is the only sh!t on the planet that is PURE ......
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 18, 2017 - 08:06am PT
Mushrooms love cowpies like I loved my wife's thighs
And cowpies draw some flies and tears come to my eyes
When I pass a feed lot when I'm on the road.
--Wes Tennessee

Waylon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_ZXxO-LmjY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OU4ZhZc5Zw

hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 18, 2017 - 08:45am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 18, 2017 - 08:48am PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
Not that farmers are the only inhabitants of the Central Valley, you understand.

You need truck salesmen, too.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 26, 2017 - 05:16pm PT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jan 30, 2017 - 06:04pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2017 - 09:43am PT
UPPER SACRAMENTO RIVER.Grapes and Grain, eh?

Pic posted to BroTim's FB page today, wanting to know the name of the place.

edit: Tim sez it's Oroville Dam. So much for ST "Jeopardy!"
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 6, 2017 - 09:51am PT
This morning's Central Valley weather, lots of clouds after raining most of the night.
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Feb 12, 2017 - 11:47pm PT
Our Wines receiving glowing reviews
some glow more than others ;-)

In compliance with environmental standards and regulations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) monitors a broad range of environmental media for radiological constituents including tritium levels in Livermore Valley wines and compares these results to other California and European wines. The results are reported in LLNL's Site Annual Environmental Report (SAER). Here are the results from the 2014 and 2015 reports.
https://saer.llnl.gov


For Livermore Valley wines purchased in 2014, the highest concentration of tritium (4.1 Bq/L [111 pCi/L]) was just 0.55% of the EPA’s standard for maximal permissible level of tritium in drinking water (740 Bq/L [20,000 pCi/L]). Drinking one liter per day of the Livermore Valley wine with the highest concentration purchased in 2014 would have resulted in a dose of 41 nSv/y (4.1 μrem/y). A more realistic dose estimate, based on moderate drinking (one liter per week) (1) at the mean of the Livermore Valley wine concentrations (2.3 Bq/L [62 pCi/L]) would have been 3.3 nSv/y (0.33 μrem/y). Both doses account for the added contribution of Organically Bound Tritium(2). The potential dose from drinking Livermore Valley wines in 2014, including the contribution of OBT, even at the high consumption rate of one liter per day, and the highest observed concentration, would be about 1/250 of a single dose from a panoramic dental x-ray.

For 2015, the Livermore Valley wines represent vintages from 2010, 2012, and 2013; the California wines represent vintage from 2013 and 2014; and the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux region wines represent vintage from 2011. Tritium concentrations must be decay-corrected to the year of harvest to correlate with tritium concentrations in air and soil to which the grape was exposed. In 2015, decay-corrected concentrations for Livermore Valley wine samples ranged from 1.0 to 4.8 Bq/L; for the two California wine samples, -0.21 and 0.86 Bq/L; and for the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux wine samples, 1.1 and 2.8 Bq/L, respectively.

(1) Moderate consumption is higher than the average consumption of wine in California (15.7 L/yr) (Avalos 2005).
(2) Dose from wine was calculated based on the measured concentration of HTO multiplied by 1.3 to account for the potential contribution of OBT that was removed so that the tritium in wine could be counted using liquid scintillation counting. The ingestion dose coefficient for HTO is 2.1 × 10–11 Sv/Bg per DOE (2011).
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2017 - 12:08am PT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Livermore

Initially an adobe structure built by Livermore and Amador served as their house on the rancho.
In 1850, a wooden two-story house was shipped around Cape Horn and became the Livermores' new home.
Later the adobe structure was rented to Nathaniel Greene Patterson who used it as a small hotel,
the first place of entertainment in the valley.

The rancho's economy was based on cattle, hides, and tallow, as well as agriculture.
Livermore planted the first wine grapes in the area
and today the Livermore Valley is one of California's premier wine-growing regions.

Livermore studiously avoided involvement in politics, and all evidence indicates he got along well with both the Mexican and Anglo communities
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2017 - 09:00am PT
Dingus is a blow-in from Tennessee I believe (Dingus? correct me if I am wrong). Just like I am a blow-in from California in Wexford, hah hah.

It takes a native Californian to look in the eye of California (gawd how parochial Patrick), or is better that a non-native looking in who has the less biased and jaundiced eye?

Believe me, being a blow-in Ireland, in the sticks, not so bad as it used to be. Ireland is more cosmopolitan now, like California, hahahahhahhahahahahahah...

Great photos on this thread, especially from Dingus, you capture it.

EDIT

Oops, I only read the first page of this thread, as I looked further, wow, some of you such as Merced Mouse, Hobbie and others, fantastic photos. You capture the diversity and beauty of The Big Valley. (As an aside I never appreciated Barbara Stanwyck until later years.)

But the paddle-wheel steamboats, Bret Harte and American Graffiti are missing.

And I admit, I am a native of the East Bay (East Bay Grease, okay not Oakland like Tower of Power, but I went to school in Oakland, I am from the 'burbs, Lafayette/Walnut Creek) but I have done my share of traveling The Big Valley.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2017 - 09:41am PT
Nice to hear from one of the resident ST ex-pats.

Moraga was at one time in the Central Valley, Patrick.
(Not the town, the party of explorers.)
True fact. :0)

Are you finished hibernating?
It's green as it gets here this winter.

Cheers!
And thanks for the compliments.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2017 - 11:27am PT
If anybody wanted to know about California wine, my late brother Mac would have been the person to talk with. His wines were just about always rated in the mid-high 90s by god himself, Robert Parker (hah hah, god, hah hah, I need a glass of wine or bottle or two after writing that - Robert Parker, arguably did more for Bordeaux than California - ahh, but the Paris tastings beat his and other butts - California wines were proven).

We started out with Saw's Vineyards in 1973, a small barn/winery in Saranap, no more than 800 cases a year at best (1977) (and handcrafted beer that would beat any). We had a handful of Cab vines, but also sourced fruit from Napa and Contra Costa (yes, the Pinole Valley/Alhambra Valley Road area by Bear Creek, there was an old gent, Portuguese, we used to get golden chasselas (not an Iberian variety, but the gent grew it) to make sherry with, and an Italian gent ("I am from Puglia)" down the road with zinfandel - he called it primitivo, he seemed to know years earlier than the DNA tests at Davis).

At UC Davis, Mac interned (as if he needed to, we were already producing good wine, but he had to intern as part of the curriculum) at Wente Vineyards, Livermore and then Stags Leap (Napa) and then Chateau Montaud, Pierrefeu-du Var (where I also worked, as well as Hugel et Fils, Alsace). He was the second foreigner to go to the viticole school at Ecole Normale Superior Agricole Montpelier (then ENSAM, now renamed as has my alma mater Cal State Hayward, now Cal State East Bay).

Wine. To each their own. As the late Johnny Hugel (a legend in France) told me, when I told him I did not know much, he just said (pointing to his nose and then his forehead): "Patrick it does not matter, all that matters is your nose, your brain and what you like." Best lesson I ever got on wine, and I have worked in wineries in California and France, restaurants/wine bars in California, London, Dublin.

Johnny (down to earth, unlike some other Hugels, some buddies of mine, snobs IMO. "We are one of the few winery families over 300 years old in France," said Etienne, yeah well, I, uh... need to use there toilet) is right. It is that simple. Nose, Brain, Preference. You want white wine with steak, red wine with fish, I don't care (a chilled red Languedoc with smoked fish is nice). But a sweet Sauterne with Rochefort - there is marriage between wine and food.

I know this is thread drift from the Central Valley, but I was not the one to bring up wine, Livermore and who played first base for the Giants or played bass for John Coltrane (actually for the last two, nobody did mention it on this thread, and I have yet to have a glass of wine, but...).
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2017 - 11:52am PT
Yeah Dingus, but where are the vineyards to go with the goat cheese?

EDIT
Oops, I wrote too soon. Fair play to you DMT. You beat me to the punch.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2017 - 01:42pm PT
Aisles of wine racks. Oh wait, candy rolls, Dingus, you are showing your sweet tooth.

I do not care, I get my money on Mondays and I pig out on Mondays, sort of like Babette's Feast. Then I worry about the rest of the week. Hey. I am a Democrat. Republicans feast all the time, and do not care about the week or years, they will just blame their excesses on the liberals. But do the Repubs drink Californian wine?

And is the Central Valley up for sale?

And my poor mother, a good dentist, but not a shrewd business person. She had the choice in the early 1960s, buy property on Oakland Boulevard and Ygnacio Valley in Walnut Creek, but the real estate agent (con man probably). "No Mrs Sawyer, Atwater, Merced. They are going to build a new prison there and the land will increase in value three-fold."

And mom, heavens bless her, she bought ten acres in Atwater.

No need to say what property prices did in Walnut Creek as opposed to Atwater.

EDIT

You see, as a single widow (my mother, a smart and good-looking person, she had offers but she never remarried) with (four) children, the younger kids tend to hang out when somebody (such as a real estate person) shows up, and listen in (she tries to shoo us away, Mac, Mary and me) but like, when this is a new person in the house, we are all ears. I learned a lot as a kid by seeing my mom bilked as a widow raising a family. Mom was smart (one of the first female dentists out of WVA), but she was gullible.

Atwater was not a good choice.

Neither is Trump and I KNOW mom would be turning over in her grave knowing he is a so-called POTUS. She was liberal, she was sensible (her dad has a statue in Pittsburgh PA). But she got suckered for some central valley land, thinking about her children's future, not her own.

She was fooled. A smart, intelligent, feisty and independent woman, raising children (me, at five months) after her husband died. She got suckered by the Trumps of this world.

The land in Atwater? Sold years ago for a pittance. Perhaps it would be worth something nowadays considering the growth of the Central Valley.

Gawd I want to delete this post but if I do (I am sure it is now on some record someplace) I'd be accused of... having sex with goats. so I will keep it up (the post not the sex, ahah hah).

(I am tired and had a hard day and no excuses really) as this is not a political thread and I am just a jerk. but if you think back to the 1960s and the land being sold in the Central Valley... I think if you cut through my political BS, one can see, it was a hot selling zone for... people like Trump (oops, there I go again).
tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Feb 13, 2017 - 01:47pm PT
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Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Feb 13, 2017 - 03:11pm PT
DMT, it looks like, it looks like... a Central Valley hooker. Gawd, that is horrible of me. Shoot me now before I have to weather the comments made at me. C'mon folks I am just joking.

I have criss-crossed and scourged the Great Valley sideways, up and down (sounds sickening), from Shasta and Castle Crags to Bakersfield and Tehachapi (I prefer the Northern part), but I have yet to see... (see an ellipsis, I knew about those long go but the Donald has made them popular again), anyway, an ellipsis, write your own words, such as...


...but I have yet to see... a smart Sawyer.

I love this forum. I can make an ass of myself and either get away with it or be called on it and either is fun. Cheers folks, Patrick

NB I miss home California, I love it, but I also love Ireland and for personal reasons I shall stay here, probably until I die. But, I do not want to be buried for plant food, nor cremated and burnt to ash with my ashes flung to the wind.

I want to be buried at sea off the California coast in the Pacific. My youth "stomping grounds" (or surf waves). To be fish food, to feed the wildlife, to give to the earth what I have received. Is that morbid? Perhaps, but for heaven's sake, don't foist my leftovers on the Central Valley. It has enough problems.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 13, 2017 - 03:17pm PT
Great thread. My first time here. Long time Central Valley Resident. Can I get a Fresno shout OUT!!!!


mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 13, 2017 - 03:40pm PT
^^^I'm looking! Dry Creek, eh? That's incredible, man!

http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-wine-2351581-Sep2015/

It is a modest assessment from the man behind the only vineyard consistently producing commercial batches of Irish wine on the local market.

Ireland is, believe it or not, classified under the EU’s official wine-growing regions, joining much of Germany, as well as the UK and other northern European countries in a cold-climate zone.

However according to the Department of Agriculture, which doesn’t regulate vineyards because of the small scale of production in the country, Llewellyn is the only known commercial winemaker in the country.

The trained horticulturist, who said he learned the trade from working on other vineyards and trial and error, grows mostly cabernet sauvignon, merlot and rondo grapes on about half an acre of land.

Grapes grown by a friend.

I recall another friend who lived in the middle of a north Fresno vineyard and used its cover to grow his weeed.

DMT, perhaps the vast Fresno vineyards (gone to suburbs, everyone) which covered the land north of Shaw Avenue back in the day, are now living out on the rolling hills of the area you have presented. Where, exactly, are those?
micronut

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Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 14, 2017 - 08:11am PT
Yeah Dingus you're right. We mostly have Thompson Seedless and Ruby Flame grapes down here in the Fresno, Sanger, Reedley, Selma area. I went to Sanger High School bitd. My girlfriend was The Raisin Queen of the San Joaquin. And I swam for "Raisin Country Aquatics" out of Selma. Best table grapes on the planet.
micronut

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Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 14, 2017 - 08:18am PT
I was running late on my way to work today and had no time to pull over and take pictures but after stumbling onto this thread yesterday I just had to stop and get a few shots of the fields near my home.

Life is starting to sprout and stir from these cold limbs. The first hint of spring is in the air.....

mouse from merced

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Feb 14, 2017 - 09:14am PT
You should take care driving into the sun on days like this, too.
Poor Deb got smacked this morning on her way to court by a lady who stopped immediately. She had no idea anyone was in the cross walk, apparently, because of the sun. But who knows? This sad accident could have been very much worse.
The cop in the black & white shot was nowhere to be found this morning when he was needed. He was last on the scene - Deb had already been loaded into the ambulance.

I have seen horses running loose on foggy Santa Fe Avenue, back when I was a teen. Only one was hit by a car that night, but the sheriffs had a hard time finding them all. It was pretty funny, except for the poor animal.

Micronut, I swam 400 yd freestyle and the free leg of the 200 yd medley relay for the Merced Bears and we swam against the Fresno high schools in our division in a final, taking second to Clovis High in our home pool. We went to the section finals at Selma, took second place again. Then we met the boys from Bakersfield and dropped to a tie for third in the Valley with San Joaquin Memorial.

mouse from merced

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Feb 14, 2017 - 02:22pm PT
All shots from early or mid-March/2013, beginnng of the drought.
I take it back - nothing is "late" this year...things happen in God's own good time.
I can deal with that.
Shot from the YARTS bus.
mouse from merced

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Feb 15, 2017 - 07:11am PT
Locke!! Knew it as soon as I saw it on the sign.

No ka oi. Qu'est-ce que c'est?
"One time while in high school, I went with Dave Baxter to haul wood from Green Mountain in the Raymond District. Jerd Baxter had two wagons so Bud Baxter went along with him to open the many gates.

Dave had to get a third wagon at the Raynor ranch. The wagon was in a barn near the end of Buchanan Hollow road where the hogs all slept.

After we got the wagon hitched up and started up the hill I had to get my clothes off to shake out the fleas and got them on just in tome to close the gates." --Glenn Gillette
There are many PISTACHIO orchards going in just south of here. All these water-guzzling orchards are fed by drip irrigation.

I have seen orchards uprooted, Dingus...miles and miles of trees awaiting the firewood cutters. Stumps get hauled to a central point and burned, or some go to fill in other spots.
Pistachio orchards line the horizon.
mouse from merced

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Feb 18, 2017 - 12:49pm PT
Scattered clouds with the scant chance of the odd shower.
or
Partly cloudy & Partly sunny.

Choose one or both.

Any adjective in the list also fits today's weather in the valley:
good, great, nice, fine, lovely, beautiful, wonderful, excellent, gorgeous, fair, mild, pleasant, and dandy.

Il fait trés beau.
Lollie

Social climber
I'm Lolli.
Feb 20, 2017 - 02:03pm PT
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
mouse from merced

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Feb 20, 2017 - 06:40pm PT
micronut

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Fresno/Clovis, ca
Feb 22, 2017 - 09:17am PT

Nice shots Dingus. Here's a couple from yesterday between the episodes of rain. So amazing when the sun peeks out and shines down her warm, buttery goodness on the wet and saturated land.
mouse from merced

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Feb 23, 2017 - 08:39am PT
Top of the morning from the top of the Tioga, "Where the ways part."
Someday a supertrain will make the distance shrink.
LOL.
And maybe someday I'll get a better long lens.
[More polite chuckles.]
mouse from merced

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Mar 3, 2017 - 03:23pm PT
mouse from merced

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Mar 20, 2017 - 03:32am PT
What'd I climb today?
Same old set of ladders, but a good workout for an old guy.
A look around from the roof.
More to come later.
mouse from merced

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Mar 22, 2017 - 01:18am PT







Diablo appears in the distance just above the red sign at dead center in this last one.
mouse from merced

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Apr 18, 2017 - 08:15pm PT
Rainy day in the valley.
mouse from merced

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May 7, 2017 - 03:48pm PT
Hearing of DMT's near-miss, I got out the files on the Coast Range.
These were shot in 2013 coming home from Tom's Thumb in NorCal via I-5.
I hoped that Fiske Peak or Blue Ridge might be among the treasures.
I cannot tell, however.


mouse from merced

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May 14, 2017 - 03:52pm PT
Out of the Way spots you probably never heard of.

Google "Chrome, CA" but it's unincorporated and of little note but for its name, but what do I know?

I've never BEEN there, but maybe Dingus has. Hell, he's probably eaten there.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stony_Creek_(Sacramento_River);

Then there is Fruto.

http://www.fruto.us/


mouse from merced

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May 15, 2017 - 03:09am PT
Thanks for the clarification, you two.

"It makes Hornitos look busy" --excellent observation and comparison.
mouse from merced

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May 20, 2017 - 06:43am PT
Colony Collapse Disorder:
There has NOT been a satisfactory explanation for the profound loss of beehives that has taken place since 2006.
some apiarists are beginning to believe there is no single cause but rather a perfect storm of pathogens, parasites,
pesticides, poor beekeeping practices, and even ELECTROMAGNETIC EMANATIONS from cell towers that are to blame.

The Merry Month can be a fickle dame, alright.
mouse from merced

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May 22, 2017 - 09:11pm PT
Passing through Waterford.

mouse from merced

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Jun 7, 2017 - 12:08pm PT
Reading TRs is not hazardous, but read this one at your own risk, anyway.
What's up, Doc?
A Micronut Trip Report
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/Why-You-Gotta-Hate-on-Fresno-A-Trip-Report-From-4-Days-in-the-Life/t11392n.html
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Jun 7, 2017 - 01:07pm PT

a decade ago, i drove away stumped by a grove of these ... weeks later,
just before dozing off thinking about nothing, it came to me ... pistachios!
mouse from merced

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Jun 16, 2017 - 08:16pm PT



mouse from merced

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Jul 14, 2017 - 05:46pm PT
Maxwell, CA - looking at Snow Mtn, I believe.
mouse from merced

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Jul 18, 2017 - 10:40pm PT
Nice job there, Hands On the Wheel.
mouse from merced

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Jul 20, 2017 - 07:58am PT
http://cemerced.ucanr.edu/Historical_Photos_and_Publications/Historic_Merced_County/#

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article3166522.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Jul 20, 2017 - 08:19am PT

Farming

was told recently,
"you have an amazingly
fertile mind"

"really," I said,
"you mean like
growing squash
or corn?"

a farmer prepares the ground
cultivating
long, even furrows
nurturing seeds
to sprouts

then at sunrise
long under
a blistering sun
inserts small plants
six inches apart
into the moist soil

"yes, my mind seems fertile,
bursting
through the dirt
sweat and sun,
spread over
a vast, rich earth,
but in reality
it's the fertilizer
bountiful and plenty,
that I'm full of"
--Charlie Mariano

mouse from merced

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Jul 20, 2017 - 08:52am PT
Bellevue Ranch was the headquarters for the huge Crocker-Huffman Land & Cattle Co.
It was a few miles north of Merced until Merced's growth caught up with it in the 1990s.
Most all the land on the far rise in the last shot is now burnt due to the Detwiler fire this week.
mouse from merced

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Jul 20, 2017 - 11:33am PT
Weel now, considering that that peninsular ridge is MID watershed land, mostly, there's no one living out there.

Officially, of course.
Let's agree to worry about them, if we're gonna worry.

But worrying is like paying a debt you don't owe.

Mark Twain said that. Then someone may have written it down.

Or he may have written it to begin with.

I'm obsessing, but I don't worry, cuz I'm sittin' on top of the world.

Forgive my dirft.
mouse from merced

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Jul 20, 2017 - 11:52am PT
Eastern portion of southern portion of Merced County...mostly grazing land giving way to nut groves.



micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jul 20, 2017 - 03:07pm PT
Wonderful last series of pics Mouse. I can smell the warm grass and mustard weed in a couple of those.

micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Jul 20, 2017 - 03:10pm PT
Here's one from a couple summer evenings ago....
mouse from merced

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Jul 21, 2017 - 11:03am PT
Northbound on the 99.
mouse from merced

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Jul 21, 2017 - 11:13am PT

mouse from merced

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Jul 21, 2017 - 11:19am PT

mouse from merced

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Jul 21, 2017 - 11:20am PT

mouse from merced

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Jul 24, 2017 - 02:52am PT
Omnidirectional shots from Cunningham Road and Hwy 140, east of Planada.
mouse from merced

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Aug 9, 2017 - 04:53am PT
Ziggurat City.
Man-made orogeny in the middle of the valley, typical of most communities here and elsewhere.
mouse from merced

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Aug 9, 2017 - 04:56am PT
West of town on the border of the waterfowl refuges.
mouse from merced

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Aug 9, 2017 - 05:01am PT
hooblie

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from out where the anecdotes roam
Aug 9, 2017 - 07:23am PT
captured by a southbound mouse
mouse from merced

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Aug 15, 2017 - 08:25am PT
Photos made just after irrigation season finished up in October 2013. Canal is hardly flowing.
mouse from merced

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Aug 18, 2017 - 06:23pm PT

mouse from merced

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Oct 3, 2017 - 06:40pm PT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Oct 7, 2017 - 09:57am PT
wowser, what a beautiful day to get up and away. who polishes your plexiglass, or did you just poke out the window? nice page y'all
mouse from merced

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Oct 10, 2017 - 02:54am PT
Gene

climber
Oct 10, 2017 - 08:50am PT
William Knight was a busy man. In addition to Knights Landing, he was the founder of Knights Ferry in Stanislaus County.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:06pm PT
Rangeland in Merced county at sunrise.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:32pm PT
Mind photos...
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:34pm PT
throwpie

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Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:36pm PT
throwpie

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Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:37pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:39pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:40pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:51pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:52pm PT
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 12:52pm PT
squishy

Mountain climber
Oct 23, 2017 - 01:18pm PT
The pirates of Sacramento.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Oct 23, 2017 - 02:05pm PT
I like your palette, Throwpie. And your deftness and the straightness of the lines.

Here we have a couple of quilts by Linda Grass who specializes in aerial views of the valley and the SF Bay.

Part of a series about confluences of bodies of water that no longer exist due to human impact. This is the confluence of the San Joaquin and Merced rivers paired with Chinook salmon, a species endangered by the disappearing confluence.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 06:43pm PT
thanks for the compliments Mouse....as far at the straight lines, I owe them all to a yardstick. That carpet is the best Dingus.
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 06:48pm PT
Weirdness
throwpie

Trad climber
Berkeley
Oct 23, 2017 - 06:49pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 24, 2017 - 08:01am PT
Whaddya, getting a pilot's license, DMT?
mouse from merced

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Oct 24, 2017 - 09:42pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Oct 27, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
WBraun

climber
Nov 13, 2017 - 07:53am PT
Central Valley is the best.

Not like the boring mountains with nothing but st00pid dirt and rocks.

Without the beautiful lush central valley and the food it provides to the world one would never get out of their st00pid door.

The modern st00pid nuts and bolts technological brainwashed world always need to bow down to the humble farmer working in the dirt growing their foodstuffs ...... :-)
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Nov 13, 2017 - 10:35am PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Nov 13, 2017 - 02:17pm PT
Second.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 13, 2017 - 03:36pm PT
Third.



micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 13, 2017 - 03:41pm PT
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 13, 2017 - 07:03pm PT
proud dust production ^^^ especially on a pound for pound basis and without a mast mounted GPS to find the line!!
mouse from merced

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Dec 5, 2017 - 09:40pm PT
No date.
mouse from merced

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Jan 5, 2018 - 11:52am PT
mouse from merced

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Jan 16, 2018 - 01:43pm PT
Modesto in the thirties had a community known as Little Arkansas on
one side of a canal bank and one known as Little Oklahoma on the other....
all or most of the families on certain streets in Little Oklahoma were
from the same county or small town in Oklahoma....

The established towns and cities strenuously resisted petitions to
extend roads, sewers and other facilities to the satellite migrant
settlements and regarded annexation as unthinkable. In such a setting
it is not surprising that Okies and Arkies were promptly stereotyped
as a minority. The characteristics that were assigned to them were,
of course, that they were dirty, shiftless, of loose sexual morals,
improvident, lazy, and had far, far too many children.

At the high point of this anti-Okie hullabaoo, a sign appeared in
the foyer of a second-rate Bakersfield movie house which read:
"Negroes and Okies upstairs."
--Carey McWilliams, article on John Steinbeck,
"A Man, a Place, and a Time"


These people were American citizens, not immigrants.
mouse from merced

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Jan 20, 2018 - 08:46am PT
mouse from merced

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Jan 22, 2018 - 08:42pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Mar 7, 2018 - 06:01pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Sep 13, 2018 - 12:23pm PT

Edit: Range as in rangeland, okay? In future I shall make other arrangements.
Robb

Social climber
Cat Box
Sep 13, 2018 - 05:24pm PT
Mouse,
To CV folk, they were immigrant okies!
zBrown

Ice climber
Sep 13, 2018 - 09:54pm PT
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http://crimescenedb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/chowchilla01-small.jpg




Police are still investigating, but of the 31,000 car break-ins reported in San Francisco last year, less than two percent have been prosecuted, according to police.

Bargainhunter

climber
Sep 13, 2018 - 10:04pm PT
Thanks Mouse for your January post of the Paul Taylor/Dorthea Lange piece! Just now seeing that. Amazing how great journalism, in particular just that single photograph, can make a huge difference in galvanizing public and governmental support for the downtrodden and oppressed. Terrible President we have now that does nothing but lie and bash the free press.

The "King of California" was an amazing book about the history of agriculture in CV, as was "The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland" -a required coffee table book for anyone interested in the CV.

I lived in Visalia for a number of years and can state straight up that the Okie/Arkie divide and exchanged insults are alive and well. I never knew there was a pecking order of 'white trash' pedigree but I had nurses at work explain it to me. The term "DBO" ("Ditch bank Okie") was still frequently used. While I was there a few years ago, plenty of impoverished were still camping under flimsy tarps along the dry banks of the St. Johns River. In the summer heat that seemed barely survivable. Still, the poor bashing sentiment was alive as well (much of the CV is politically very conservative), and of course the Latino and SE immigrant laborers in San Joaquin Valley now receive plenty of unfair rebuke despite their difficult and under-appreciated work of supplying our nation with 25% of ALL of it's produce. The immigrant laborers of the CV should be championed for their proud work and lionized, not shat upon. Viva Ceasar Chavez!

Occasional we'd have a elderly patient from Pixley or some little CV town who'd speak just like she was back in the 1920's straight out of Grapes of Wrath. Fascinating living history there!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 14, 2018 - 07:29am PT
One can always find beauty where the heart is.
mouse from merced

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Sep 14, 2018 - 07:36am PT

David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Sep 14, 2018 - 08:03am PT
Hey Throwpie-you sell any of that art?
zBrown

Ice climber
Sep 14, 2018 - 08:41am PT
2015

Auto burglaries are down this year in Manteca by 23 percent. There were 82 cases from January through March, compared to 106 last year.



Neighbors jarred by burglar's bold tactics in Manteca


https://www.kcra.com/article/neighbors-jarred-by-burglar-s-bold-tactics-in-manteca/6421811



Officers were called to a robbery in progress. When they got there, officers saw employees fighting with Kellia Howard, 26, of Ceres. Officers took Howard into custody for the robbery.

Howard later revealed she wasn’t alone and led officers to a nearby hotel. There, officers found Howard’s father, 44-year-old Augustine Melena, of Ceres.

Officers searched Melena’s vehicle on probation and found several stolen purses and wallets. From this evidence, officers were able to determine the crime spree stretched from Davis to Turlock.


https://tribfox40.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/user33461-1395453467-media1.jpg?quality=85&strip=all
mouse from merced

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Dec 19, 2018 - 11:36am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Dec 20, 2018 - 04:56am PT
Well, that's so cool, cuz Vern and I drove to Modesto
yesterdo and drove past this place where you might find chapattie fixin's
but he didn't wanna stop as we were just makin' a run to find some Blue
Dream and some gummies and then he needed to be back in Merced so we
didn't stop but maybe we will next time. Notice the signage for Gill Pharmacy? Cor blimey that was funny.
mouse from merced

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Dec 20, 2018 - 05:04am PT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FscIgtDJFXg

Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Dec 20, 2018 - 05:41am PT




Byrds-"You're Still on My Mind"
from, "Sweetheart of the Rodeo"


https://youtu.be/QZ0AXWaNbEk



Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man

https://youtu.be/piNF7LUehsM
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jan 31, 2019 - 05:26am PT
A sparkling clear February day.
I wish that there WERE more clear days!
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Jan 31, 2019 - 08:13am PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Feb 20, 2019 - 05:43am PT
In general, Atwater sucks no less or more than anywhere else in the mid-valley.

I must give you compliments on those shots above, DMT. Marvelous.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
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Feb 27, 2019 - 11:23am PT
The view is to the southwest, mainly. The coast range is "hardly visible," as they say.

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 5, 2019 - 03:38pm PT
JoAnne Clark's shots from a day or two ago.

hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Mar 18, 2019 - 09:30am PT
^^^ top o' the pile with ya, toastie ... cause i LIKE'em!
mouse from merced

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Apr 5, 2019 - 10:35am PT
There are fewer intervening foothills in the southern San Joaquin.
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