Bonsai bonanza: Filoli’s biggest-ever show of its smallest-ever trees

For the first time, you can see 400-year-old tiny pines, miniature oak groves and some of the region’s smallest redwoods all in one place. “Each one is a treasure”: a variety of bonsai trees currently on display in Filoli’s current exhibit, including (left) a sequoia sempervirens, or coastal redwood; and (center) citrus junos, a Yuzu tree bearing fruit! (Images courtesy of Filoli) Filoli is going small this month. The grand estate which is ...

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8 ways to keep your fitness-based New Year’s resolutions rolling (while still sheltering in place)

Hike, bike, run and explore the Peninsula — and maybe pick up some free swag along the way A bicyclist rides on the trails during sunset at the Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve. (Photo by Veronica Weber) Even in the best of years, it’s widely acknowledged that New Year’s resolutions, especially those focused on fitness, are hard to keep. Many resolutions last no longer than a few weeks. So with gyms shut down ...

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Biggest waves in 10 years: Photos & vids of surf icons riding the 50-foot monsters at Mavericks

Get an up-close look at the epic action happening out on the coast. Peter Mel navigates a monster wave during the epic session at Mavericks on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Euan Rannachan/Euanart) As you’ve probably already heard, it’s been a big season at Mavericks this year. And by “big,” we mean epic, monstrous and kinda scary. Kai Lenny goes under the rainbow at Mavericks, on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Euan Rannachan/Euanart) Yes, ...

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Hope for Big Basin: Santa Cruz scientist documents the rebirth of our fire-ravaged forests

Professor Dustin Mulvaney explored the damage within the CZU Complex’s burn scars and found just what he’d expected: regrowth. “Coast redwoods sprout back above Gold Gulch, Empire Grade, three months after #CZULightningComplex” (Photos via Dustin Mulvaney on Twitter) It’s 2021—the world can’t help but be on the lookout for good news. For many Californians, Dustin Mulvaney’s photographs were just that. In late November, the professor of Environmental Studies at San Jose State went ...

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