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SCV Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: One Way Street

    Breathing. It’s something we normally do 12-18 times every minute. But just for a moment - pay attention to the flow of air. Take a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Then slowly breathe out. You have what is called a bi-directional flow of air to and from your lungs.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Juniper “Cones”

    Most well-equipped kitchens have a place where the dried spices are kept.  It could be a drawer, or a cabinet shelf or even a spice rack on the counter.  And when we think of spices that we use, we think of bark - like cinnamon.  We think of roots - like ginger.  And we think of dried fruit - like black pepper, allspice and juniper berries.  But did you know that juniper berries are not, strictly speaking, berries?

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Skunky Beer

    Q1.   Did you every wonder why some beer bottles are brown?  A1.    To protect the beer from the unwanted effects of ultraviolet light.

    Q2.   And what are the unwanted effects of ultraviolet light?  A2.    Skunky beer!

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: 21-Second Rule

    Growing up in Wisconsin, I had the good fortune to spend part of my summers on my Aunt and Uncle’s dairy farm.  There, I discovered a fundamental principle of four-legged mammals - they all pee.  Dogs, cats and especially cows all need to get rid of the waste products produced by their bodies.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: What's In A Name

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    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report

    What’s in a Name?

    Chevy Volt. Ford Mustang. Mazda Miata. When we speak about automobiles, we often include both the manufacture’s name and the model name. It’s the automotive equivalent of “binomial nomenclature”, the formal naming system (genus and species) that biologists have used since the mid 16th century to name plants and animals. Binomial names allow biologists to speak to each other across distance and time, knowing they are talking about the same organism. Binomial names promote precision, but limit creativity.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Contrails

    Six seconds into this YouTube clip of John Ford’s classic western, “Cheyenne Autumn”, you can hear the narrator identify the date as September 7, 1878.  Meanwhile, as the opening scene fades from darkness into view, you can see a vertical contrail hanging in the sky.  This creates a slight problem - because contrails are made by airplanes and airplanes didn’t start flying until 1903.  Whoops!

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Melting Snow

    I’m not sure I can ask this question without smirking just a bit:  Cold enough for you?  That’s because I went to college in Minnesota; in St. Paul, the average temperature in December ranges from 27 (high) to 12 (low).  But last week, I discovered something that dimmed that smirk just a bit.  Something I thought I knew about snow was WRONG!

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Acoustic Stealth

    In my night-hike tool kit, I carry two short pieces of rope:  one is smooth with a well-defined edge, while the other is frayed with a tattered edge.  I use them to demonstrate the stealth acoustics of owl wings. 

    SCV Outdoor Report Best Of: Juniper Berries

    Earlier this year, my husband and I took a drive out to the eastern edge of the Santa Clarita valley.  It was a sunny morning, so we bundled up in our jackets and took the top down. 

    As we drove along Agua Dulce Canyon road, the junipers caught my eye - they were chock full of plump, greyish-blue berries.  But, according to botanists, they’re not really berries.

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: “Raspberry Red, Lemon Yellow and Orange Orange”

    As we move into the beginnings of the rainy season, our sunsets are becoming more colorful.  They remind me of the early Twix cereal commercials, the ones with the “silly rabbit” singing “Raspberry red, lemon yellow and orange orange”?  As a child, I was drawn to those colorful Trix packages in the cereal aisle.  But as an adult, I’m much more impressed by the fiery reds I see at twilight.  And I love how those nuggets of lemon yellow and orange orange have magically transformed into blazing yellow and flaming orange.