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SCV Outdoor Report

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: X-Ray Vision

    Q.  What would the “Man of Steel” be without his superpowers, especially his X-Ray vision?  

    A.  Just another “mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper”. 

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: River Walk

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" 

    Last week I went for a walk along the river.  It was a lovely day for walking - plenty of sunshine - and neither too hot nor too cold.  The embankment was lined by a graceful arch of trees.  I noticed the patchy grey, flaking tree bark and decided these were sycamore trees.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Hairpencils

    This is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.

    What exactly is a hairpencil?  Is it some sort of stick-shaped hair ornament?  Nope.  Hairpencils are cross between (1) lighting a scented candle and (2) spreading pixie dust with a magic wand.  Let me explain.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Wild and Crazy Bees

    This Report is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.

    Some people are born thrill-seekers.  Every parent knows someone like that:  the toddler who takes off running as soon as you reach the park, the novice bike rider who can’t wait to take off the training wheels.  We watch and smile knowingly at each other, “Just wait until they become a teenager.”  But recently I came across some information that surprised me - it turns out that some honeybees are also born thrill-seekers.

    SCV Outdoor Report: Fire Retardant “Shaving Cream”

    We’ve all seen the recent news videos: fixed-wing aircraft swooping down to drop a load of fire retardant alongside the smokey edge of a wildland fire.  But did you ever wonder what those fire retardants are made of and how they work?


    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Pollen Navigation

    This Report is a "Best of Wendy Langhans" Report.


    During allergy season , I sometimes wonder if pollen grains have their own navigation system .  If that’s true, then their map for the Santa Clarita Valley must have a fluorescent orange locator pin labeled “Wendy’s nose”.  (Thank goodness for antihistamines.)

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report: Breaking and Entering

    We learn by observing others.  Not only is that true for humans, it’s also true for other creatures, including certain species of bees.  And in the case of short-tongued bumblebees, what they learned is something we call burglary - “breaking and entering”.

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Epic Spider Fake Out

    As a child, I was attracted to butterflies by their color and patterns:  sometimes subtle, sometimes vibrant, sometimes simple and sometimes intricate.  As I took a closer look, I sometimes noticed that the trailing end of their wings had a piece missing, as though something had taken a bite out of it. 

    Santa Clarita Valley Outdoor Report: Bearly There

    According to this LA County Sheriff Dept. website, “Black Bears were introduced into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1933. They are all descendants of 11 bears deported from Yosemite National Park for being troublemakers.”

    SCV Outdoor Report: The Point Of The Point

    Santa Clarita Outdoor Report by Wendy Langhans