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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: Rule Of Thumb

    khts_scvoutdoorreportBy Wendy Langhans

    Here’s a rule of thumb about “rules of thumb”:  professionals take measurements and amateurs use a “rule of thumb”.  For example, suppose you want to know what the weather will be like this evening.

    If you’re a meteorlogist, you rely on measurements from the National Weather Service office in Oxnard.  If you’re a mom, you remind your kids to “take a sweater”, just in case.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Love Those Handles

    khts_scvoutdoorreportby Wendy Langhans


    Handles on bags. Such a simple thing, but it allows us to carry more than we otherwise could. That’s true for us and also true for pollen-carrying insects.

    When we think of pollen, we think of tiny, mustard-yellow powdery grains, the kind that stick to beetles and bees.


    SCV Outdoor Report: Homecoming


    By Wendy Langhans

    This weekend, as we celebrate the 4th of July, we pay a special tribute to those who have and are now serving our country.  This weekend my family is also celebrating my father’s 88th birthday.  Ansel Burton Bratberg served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, flying 42 combat missions in a B-17 over Europe. So, in honor of those who returned (and those who did not), here is his homecoming story.

    SCV Outdoor Report: All That Glitters

    By Wendy Langhans

    If you somehow acquired x-ray vision and could see through my mud-caked hiking boots, you’d find ten toenails gleaming with vivid red nail polish, a leftover from a wedding we recently attended.

    I can’t remember the exact name of the color - I think it was something like “Crimson... Cardinal... Vermilian... Carmine... Red.”

    SCV Outdoor Report: Rapt Attention

    By Wendy Langhans

    Dear Readers,

    Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader and a knowledgeable birding friend, I learned that the bird I had initially identified as a Red-Shouldered Hawk was, in fact, a Cooper’s Hawk.  I’m not sure if it’s egg or guano on my face, but I apologize for the error.  The story has been revised to be more accurate.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Bear Berries

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    By Wendy Langhans

    1763.  It was the year that saw the end of the “French and Indian War”.  Josiah Wedgewood (grandfather of Charles Darwin) created a type of dinnerware known as “Queensware”, which is still sold today.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Aliso Canyon


    By Wendy Langhans

    While I was grading theology papers the other day, I came across a questionable statement,  “rebirth is always progressive”.  I smiled to myself as two pictures came into my mind, pictures that were taken last Saturday in Aliso Canyon, documenting the rebirth that was occurring in the aftermath of last year’s destructive Station Fire.

    SCV Outdoor Report: A Blistering Improv

    By Wendy Langhans

    The e-mail header asked, “Do you know what this is?”  Whenever I receive an e-mail like this, I never know what I’m going to find.  It could be simple, an easy-to-answer question or it could be a bit more challenging, like this one turned out to be.  But there is an upside to a challenging question - I learn something new (and I can share what I learned with you).