Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Clouds, mountains, trees.
Holiday light-strings.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pineapple Rainbow

The rainbow left behind in the wake of the Pineapple Express.
From near the observatory on the FRC campus looking across the soccer field toward the Equine Center.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Quincy on Today

The Pineapple Express has come to town, and the TODAY show took note.

They never mention the 300 beautiful days we have every year.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Monday, October 29, 2012

Jack-O-Post 2012

Here is this year's O'lamp-post - created as usual with no plan, electrical tape, scissors, and an orange light bulb CFL.

Links to previous years' posts:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Leaf It To Me

I didn't get these posted yesterday because, well, I was, um, exercising.  And if you ever need to know, yes, a ton of leaves is heavier than a ton of whatever, especially when damp.

Also, perhaps these Fall colors will tide you over while the BlackOakNaturalist finds a way around the no-such-thing-as-a-free-lunch-forever Google wall. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Peak Peeping Season

If the past is any predictor of the future, this weekend may be the time to see the venerable "Judge Thieler sugar maple" near its peak. 
Even the BlackOakNaturalist is making time for the maple as evidenced by this shot on his blog today.

Below is this year's day-by-day leaf-by-leaf-turning slideshow.
After the sugar maples' peak relatively early in the season, there's still a month
of Awesome Autumn around Quincy and all of Plumas County.

Here are links to the photos from previous years for comparison.
By the way, the Al spelled his name "Thieler", and you should too.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Than Books

College should be about a lot more than book-learning.
And here is more from the "million acre classroom" at FRC.
Weekend Class: Beginner Whitewater Kayaking from ORL Feather River College on Vimeo.

More on Facebook and at

Monday, October 1, 2012


Where I grew up, this was a weed.  Joe is right, we should celebrate the magnificent weeds.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Horse Power - Iron Style

Engine 844 in Colfax, California today celebrating Union Pacific's 150th anniversary.

Photo by Alan.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autumn Leaves

Actually, Summer is what has taken leave, and with its leaving
it is time again to document the the annual autumnal display of
the famous "Judge Thieler Sugar Maple".

Here is the slide show that will be updated regularly.
Below are links to the photos from previous years for those who either
want to plan their visit for the days of peak color, or who want to
search for evidence of global climate change in year-to-year data.
And here just for fun is a simulated 3D view of the tree at the end of summer.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Two Crescents

Venus and the waning crescent moon this morning.

Four centuries ago when Galileo saw through his telescope that Venus was also a crescent, he knew that the Sun was the center of the solar system, not Earth. He knew because if the Sun and Venus were both going around the Earth, Venus would never be a crescent, it would always appear gibbous to us.

Monday, September 10, 2012

BlueBird of Happiness

Cool is in session.

It doesn't matter when you get there
if you don't know where you're going.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Still Smokin'

The Chips fire is now three weeks old.  It now covers 32,000 acres.
Here are links to more information:
For a more active experience:

The photo above was taken around 5:30pm and the one below around 8:30pm. Both are looking northwest from Quincy. All that stuff in the sky is smoke and ash from what was once trees.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cold Cash

Installing a new cash cooling unit at Plumas Bank.
For updated reports about the Chips fire,
check InciWeb , PlumasNews, or #ChipsFire on Twitter.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More smoke

Judging from the latest news report, this may be the last photo with blue sky for a while.
Looking NW on CA highway 70 from near the Plumas County Courthouse.
The smoke plume from the "Chips" fire is clearly visible stretching
from northwestern Plumas County east into Nevada.


I was going to post this photo when I took it the other day, but in the spirit of the NBC Olympics, I decided to delay the broadcast.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Looking northwest from Quincy Junction Road 8pm July 31, 2012.
Not a welcome sight!  Smoke from the "Chips" fire -- one of two burning nearby.  News story.


Two years ago this was small and alone.  It has avoided the mower and managed to grow up.  Below is the photo from August 2010.

Friday, July 6, 2012


Even if you're not at the 22nd annual High Sierra Music Festival, you can still listen to some of it on Fat Music Radio.

High Sierra Music Festival
Portions of the broadcast will also be carried on KQNY in Quincy (KQNY live stream), KVMR in Nevada City, KZFR in Chico, and KFOK in Georgetown.

KQNY 91.9 Quincy, CA

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sidewalk Signs

From the West end of Main Street to the Post Office.
Ayoob's Quincy
"Friends don't let friends shop at chain stores."
Alley Cat Cafe
"Fresh Healthy Lunches ..."
Courthouse Cafe
"Doing food justice."
Ayoob's Quincy
"Friends don't let friends shop at chain stores."
"Foster Parents Needed"
"Gypse Rose Sale"
La Casa Bella
Oh, it says "flower" POT SALE!
Body and Soul
"Now Taking Walk-ins"

Thursday, June 14, 2012

High Flying Flag

You're a grand old flag, you're a high flying flag ...
Happy Flag Day!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

In Transit

Too bad if you missed it.
The next transit of Venus will be in December,

Used the same equipment as last month's annular eclipse;
one side of a pair of binoculars, a snow scraper/brush, cardboard, tape and rubber bands.

The weather was intermittent clouds, rain, and sun.
These photos are about two and a half hours into the transit, 17:46 PDT.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Spring Cleaning

The early bird gets the discount, ...
Tyrus Chimney Sweep Service, Quincy, CA. 530-927-9219
and a clean chimney.