Evacuation zone aid: A restaurant owner’s quest to feed left-behind locals

Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone Andy Kerr, co-owner of Alice’s Restaurant, drives behind a San Mateo County Sheriff vehicle through the CZU August Lightning Complex fires evacuation zone on August 25th. (Photo by Magali Gauthier) Andy Kerr of Alice’s Restaurant in Woodside makes daily deliveries to firefighters and holdouts in the wildfire zone With wildfire smoke blanketing the Santa Cruz ...

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Meet the evacuated animals of the CZU wildfire

Aided by donations and community hustle, the Cow Palace rallied on short notice to house over 200 local animals displaced by the nearby fires. 6–5–0 LLocal: One of the four llamas currently being housed at the Cow Palace in Daly City, which has served as a local evacuation center for large animals and livestock who have been endangered by the CZU Lightning Complex wildfires in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. ...

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Wildfires in the 6–5–0: how to help and where to donate locally

Donate a meal, shelter an animal, offer up lodgings….and many more ways to pitch in. The La Honda Fire Station, home to a volunteer fire brigade, is situated near the northern part of the CZU August Lightning Complex. (Photo by Kate Bradshaw) Fire season has returned and with a vengeance, as an assortment of different wildfires continue to burn around the state. Here in the 6–5–0 area code, the south coast area ...

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Wonders of the water: Meet the tide pool whisperer of the San Mateo coastline

Local resident Aron Sanchez has curated an engaging Instagram account of aquatic oddities, coastal creatures and other rapidly-disappearing denizens of the sea A purple sea star gorges on a mossy chitin; San Mateo County, June 2015. (Image via Aron Sanchez/Waterbod) Aron Sanchez never really liked the beach while growing up. It’s a paradox, of course, for a guy who has amassed 119,000 followers on Instagram as a result of clocking long hours on ...

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Fungus Photography: Mushroom hunting in Northern California (through a macro lens)

From Candy Caps to Witch’s Butter, the San Francisco Peninsula can be a field day for foraging—and photographing—fungi. Photos/Intro by Charles Russo. Reporting by Laura Ness A golden chanterelle mushroom, one of the most sought-after species for fungus hunters. Chanterelle mushrooms fetch a high price at grocery stores and are known to be very meaty, with a great flavor that is both nutty and fragrant. They are often found in the vicinity of ...

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Wading into the reality of climate change—one portrait at a time

Wading into the reality of climate change— one portrait at a time Photographer Gideon Mendel discusses his “Drowning World” series ahead of his upcoming talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum Ahmed. Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh; Pakistan. September 2010. (Courtesy of Gideon Mendel) These days it can be difficult to determine which is more alarming—the increasingly frequent news each year of catastrophic weather-related events, or the denialist viewpoint that nothing unusual is happening in that regard. It is ...

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Ten years later: the lessons of the Cosco Busan oil spill

How one of the worst environmental disasters in Bay Area history has led to surprising progress over the past decade A Coast Guard 25-ft small boat patrols the Port of Oakland near the Cosco Busan on Nov. 10, 2007. The vessel struck the Bay Bridge in the San Francisco Bay on Nov. 7, 2007, and spilled approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into the Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Prentice Danner, ...

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National Geographic’s Cristina Mittermeier on how imagery can spark activism

Talking photography and environmentalism ahead of Redwood City’s Nat Geo speaker series by Charles Russo At the water line in the Great Bear Sea, British Columbia. (Photo courtesy of Cristina Mittermeier) There are no shortage of quotes about the power of photography, many of them overwrought, but some finely tuned to the nuance and potential of the craft. Speaking with Cristina Mittermeier — contributing photographer, speaker and explorer for National Geographic — I kept thinking of a simple quote, ...

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Happy chickens, frolicking pigs: Where to buy local humanely-raised meat on the Peninsula

Happy chickens, frolicking pigs: Where to buy local humanely-raised meat right here on the Peninsula You don’t have to be an insufferable bore to want boar that didn’t suffer! This little piggy from Root Down Farm is living the dream. Photo by Federica Armstrong. We all know that Portlandia episode where Fred and Carrie pepper their server with questions about the chicken. “How big is the area where the chickens are able to roam ...

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Love for the Locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm

Love for the locavores at Pescadero’s Fifth Crow Farm How UCSC classmates became converts to sustainability and purveyors of delicious farm boxes for the SF Peninsula. Words and photos by Molly Cornfield Fifth Crow Farm produce is grown on 80 sun-and fog-kissed acres outside of Pescadero. It’s 8am on a Friday morning, and I’ve managed to get myself out of my Mountain View apartment, over the foothills, and to Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero. The farm ...

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