Last week I left you with the message that I would have more tales to tell of the Finns of Creekbottom, that is, the two Finnish Lapphunds that we have adopted from Pets Lifeline, Karhu the male, Sisu the female. I will leave that for the end of the column. For now, I have good news about special events in our town that I’d like to share. First are the various Earth Day celebrations.
Saturday celebrates Earth Day
To celebrate Earth Day, which falls on Tuesday, April 22, events are available at Jack London State Historic Park, Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and Quarryhill Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 26. Obviously, it’s a day to get outside and celebrate the beauty and bounty of our glorious Valley. Each event requires an advance sign-up, so make up your mind today where you’ll spend this Saturday and make your reservations now, without hesitation.
Taking good photos at JL State Park
Up the hill at Jack London State Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., professional photographers Neil and Susan Silverman are leading a one day intensive photography class, “How to Take a Good Photo.” A quick glance at their website gallery shows grand examples; better than good, they’re great.
The workshop is intended for beginners to advanced amateurs, but with limited availability. Required reservations for a beautiful Saturday at Jack London State Park with two inspiring teachers can be made in advance jacklondonpark.com or call 938-5216.
Bouverie Preserve ablaze with flowers
A guided nature walk, led by trained volunteers at the Bouverie Preserve will feature wildflowers in abundance. As Jeanne Wirka, the Bouverie’s resident biologist says, “The Chaparral and Rim Trails are ablaze in flowers.”
As Jeanne further shares in her weekly “Trail Talk” for docents, “Newer arrivals include felted paintbrush, Diogenes’ lanterns, yarrow, blue-eyed grass, bowl-tubed iris and lots of false baby-stars.” Near the waterfall, hikers will be treated to “succulent plant dudleya, red larkspur, and a cascade of seep-spring monkey flowers” with their shining bright, sunny faces. Jeanne also invites hikers to search among the knob cone pine for “chaparral pea, one of the very few legumes native to chaparral. After fire, its roots spread rapidly and its crown re-sprouts rapidly, which helps minimize soil erosion. Plus,” Jeanne adds, “it’s pretty,” which could easily be said of the multitude of spring wildflowers covering the 500 acres of land at the Bouverie Preserve, from the oak woodlands ablaze with lupine and poppies, to the Douglas fir forested trails, replete with lilies and fungus.
To experience this explosion of spring wildflowers, you must register for your guided nature tour by going to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 415-868-9244. Hikes vary from one to five miles, depending upon the energy of the group. Five to six hikers take off with one docent, exploring the various environments of the preserve that David B set aside to education children and adults. The hikes are free, but donations are always welcome. Sign up today, so you don’t miss this opportunity.
Fly fishing, lion dancing, reptile wrangling at Quarryhill
Just north of the Bouverie is its glorious neighbor, Quarryhill Botanical Gardens where you will find Earth Day activities in abundance this Saturday. Founded in 1987, Quarryhill is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world.