Ohhh…I do LOVE springtime! The warming sunshine; spritzes of rain; longer days; pastures awash in golden mustard; fruit trees,  magnolias and camellias in bloom; bees, ladybugs, (and yes, aphids too) busy at their tasks; the symphony of flowers…sometimes it’s SO full of beauty I almost feel it’s more than a nature lover can possibly find […]

The Laguna de Santa Rosa is the second largest freshwater marsh in northern California. Called the “river that flows both ways,” during heavy rains, the Laguna flows south carrying floodwaters away from the Russian River, reducing its flood levels. After rains subside and Pacific Ocean tides fall, the Laguna reverses its flow, returning the floodwater […]

Our local natural flood plain ~ The Laguna de Santa Rosa ~ part of the Russian River watershed is world renown, so I learned yesterday from a local creeks management employee. A valuable wetlands ecosystem, the Laguna serves to catch excess water from back-to-back seasonal rainstorms that drench Sonoma county every few winters, usually in […]

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