California

Floris van Breugel on March 14th, 2017

Last weekend Aubrey and I joined the rest of Southern California in Anza-Borrego State Park to enjoy the desert wildflowers. It was beautiful out, but wow, never have I seen that many people there, or anywhere in the desert. We mostly avoided the high traffic blooms of sand verbena and dune primrose along Henderson Canyon …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on February 26th, 2017

Research has kept me quite busy the last few months, but I finally had a chance to escape for a few days. Some friends came down from Seattle to visit, so Aubrey and I took them on a fun adventure to the Saline Valley hot springs in Death Valley National Park. A few days before …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Snow, Hot Springs, Canyons, and Sunshine

Floris van Breugel on October 16th, 2016

Order your 2017 calendars before supplies run out! ~ ~ ~ Last week Aubrey and I found ourselves in Yosemite for a few days, and took the opportunity to explore a little. Today, there is little mystery left as to how Yosemite Valley formed. However, just over 100 years ago, there were several competing theories. …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Yosemite Granite ~ A Rocky History

Floris van Breugel on September 25th, 2016

(1) 2017 Calendars… pre-order now! (2) Instagram… I’m going to try sharing images there. Find me: floris_van_breugel! (3) I apologize for the lack of adventurous posts lately. I have spent much of my photographic time and energy the past two summers on a research and photography project studying the alkali flies of Mono Lake. When …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Sierra Perfection ~ Hiking, Fishing, and Rafting

Floris van Breugel on July 4th, 2016

In our backyard in Pasadena we have a huge Agave americana, also known as the century plant, which decided this year to put out it’s one and only bloom. The agave is native to very arid environments in Mexico and the southern US, and it has evolved to spend 10-30 years (no, not a full …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on June 4th, 2016

Last weekend Aubrey, my father, and I spent a few days exploring the Inyo Mountains. Inyo county, the second largest county in California (just behind neighboring San Bernardino County), is home to the lowest and highest points in the contiguous US (Badwater, -279′; and Mt Whitney, 14,505′). Between those two famous points are the Panamint, …Read the Rest…

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Floris van Breugel on April 30th, 2016

Type II fun: A horrible experience while you’re doing it, but rewarding after the fact. Examples include: mountaineering, bushwhacking, extended winter trips, etc. A few weeks ago, in the last week or so of March, Aubrey and I completed a week long ski tour from Mammoth Mountain to Tuolumne Meadows, roughly following the PCT / …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Type II Fun – Ski Touring (part of) the PCT / JMT

Floris van Breugel on March 8th, 2016

It’s been all over the news, yes, Death Valley is in bloom! A rare “super bloom” as you have likely heard it called. So, being fortunate enough to live just a few hours away, I made some trips out there to experience it (along with many other SoCal citizens). Yes, it really is quite spectacular. …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Life in the Valley of Death

Floris van Breugel on January 28th, 2016

Out of the past three weekends, Aubrey and I managed to spend two of them near Mammoth, CA, in preparation for a trip we hope to do later this spring. Although the main goals for these trips were (a) to remember how ski, and (b) to relearn avalanche safety, we happened to be in the …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Winds of Winter ~ Mammoth, CA

Floris van Breugel on December 31st, 2015

After not having seen the ocean in over a year (Los Angeles beaches don’t count), Aubrey and I managed to make two visits in less than two weeks. It was nice to see the rolling waves and smell the fresh, crisp, and salty air again. New blog feature – click images for larger pop-up view! …Read the Rest…

Continue reading about Scenes from the Pacific Coast