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SCV Outdoor Report

    SCV Outdoor Report: Scattered Near And Far...


    Who has not stopped to observed wind-bourn seeds? As a child growing up in Wisconsin, I watched my father carefully break open dry milkweed pods.

    SCV Outdoor Report: A Little Something To Chew On...

    scv outdoor By Wendy Langhans

    Imagine trying to eat corn-on-the-cob without teeth.  Or biting into a juicy dill pickle.  Or munching on a bag of trail mix.  Not so easy, is it?  Teeth are a tool we take for granted - until they stop working.  And every tool requires maintenance to keep it working properly.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Must Go Faster...

    By Wendy Langhans

    khts_scvoutdoorreportWhat is it about sport cars and speed?  For years, automotive engineers have tried to pack the maximum amount of horsepower in the minimum amount of space.  Now recent studies suggest a design enhancement that might provide a few more miles per hour - feathers.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Slip Sliding Away

    By Wendy Langhans

    Earlier this week, while making a right turn on to McBean Parkway, the unexpected happened - the rear end of my car hydroplaned.  Just a bit.  Not unmanageable.  But a wake-up call nonetheless.  You see, the rain, combined with the oil and grease that had accumulated over the dry summer months, created a thin, slippery film that "pulled the rug out" from under my rear tires.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Hole-y Dirt

    By Wendy Langhans

    I learned a lot by playing in a sandbox when I was a child.  I particularly remember pouring buckets of water over the imaginary landscape.  It was fascinating to watch the sand change color as it soaked up the water, much like our kitchen sponge turned bright red as it soaked up my spilled cherry Kool-Aid.  I discovered that dirt is hole-y.


    SCV Outdoor Report: Watching Dragonflies

    By Wendy Langhans

    One morning early last week, I was sitting on the front porch slurping a cup of hot coffee.  It was o'dark hundred, way too early for civilized folks to be up and about.  With my eyes half open, I watched two dragonflies, darting back and forth, like runway models strutting and holding a pose.  Their movements were unpredictably quick and precise.  I wondered, "how do they manage to fly like that?


    SCV Outdoor Report: Spontaneous Combustion

    By Wendy Langhans

    The Guiberson fire, which is now burning in Ventura County near Fillmore and Moorpark, was possibly caused by spontaneous combustion in a manure pile. I know it sounds like a bad joke, but could it possibly be true? Can spontaneous combustion actually occur? And if so, how?


    SCV Outdoor Report: A Tarantula Walks Into A Bar

    By Wendy Langhans

    Last week, a friend shared her photos from a trip to the wineries around Santa Barbara.  She included a few photos of a tarantula she found in a winery patio.  This reminded me of the classic opening line to a joke:  a (fill-in-the-blank) walks into a bar...  I wonder if any of these jokes would work with a tarantula?  They'd have to be both funny and accurate.  You be the judge of how funny they are.


    SCV Outdoor Report: Pyrocumulus Clouds

    By Wendy Langhans

    It looked both ominous and somehow familiar - the pyrocumulus clouds that appeared over our Santa Clarita valley almost two weeks ago.  It certainly caught my attention, enough so that I went home and grabbed my camera.