1. Independent Film on Global Voices: Last Train Home


    Aired: 09/29/2014 | 01:22:13 | Expires: 12/28/2014 Rating: TV-PG

    Set against the backdrop of the world’s largest annual human migration, Last Train Home follows one migrant family as they try to go home for Chinese New Year to reunite with their teenage daughter. Sixteen years ago, the Zhangs left their children behind in their rural village to find work in the city. Now it may have cost them their hopes for their children’s future.

  2. 九寨溝  Jiuzhaigou, China

    April 2014

  3. The moon of the 16th of August on Chinese lunar calendar.

    September 2014 @ San Jose Family Camp at Yosemite

  4. The river is stocked with Rainbow Trout.
    Rainbow Pool
    Fish cleaning station
    Our wood frame and canvas covered tent-cabins contains cots with mattresses (no bedding), bench, table and bookshelf, plus a deck. Fully equipped restrooms and showers are just a short walk away.

    Active Adult Camping Trip, Sep. 8-10, 2014

    San Jose Family Camp @ the bank of the Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River

  5. RIM FIRE : One Year After

    The Rim Fire started in a remote area of the Groveland Ranger District on August 17, 2013 from a hunter’s illegal campfire.  Over the next several weeks it burned over 400 square miles, including 241 square miles on the Stanislaus National Forest, becoming the third largest wildfire in California history.

    The Rim Fire burned so hot in some areas - 5 to 10 times hotter than boiling water - that it changed soil chemistry and structure. Nearly 100,000 acres, about 40% of the fire area, resulted in high vegetation severity.  Ecologists say that it could take 30 to 50 years for the forest to reestablish itself naturally to mature trees in these areas.

    Photos here show the work has completed related to the Rim Fire Recovery project on harvesting fire-killed timber and removing hazard trees adjacent to road.

    During my two-night and three-day stay at San Jose Family Camp near Highway 120, I only saw one squirrel, and a few birds in the area.  You just couldn’t help but notice the quietness in the fire devastated areas.

    September 2014   @ Stanislaus National Forest

  6. [Backyard Bird Watching] The Feeder with Thistle (Nyjer) Seed is most popular among Lesser Goldfinch and House Finch in our yard.  Nine is my highest bird count on the feeder. Beyond that, they started to peck at each other. 

    The Thistle Seed should also attract Chickadees, Juncos, Nuthatches, Siskins, and Titmice, but I haven’t seen these types of wild birds on the feeder yet.

    September 2014   San Jose, Calif.

  7. [Backyard Bird Watching] Western Scrub Jay @ our make-shift bird bath

    The Western Scrub Jay is the largest bird in our backyard, bold and loud.  They would take aggressive dives on people and dogs if you’re near their nest.  But they enjoy the bath just the same :)

    September 2014   San Jose, California

  8. [Backyard bird watching] Anna’s Hummingbird

    He claims our hummingbird feeder his territory and guards it against any intruders.

    September 2014 @ San Jose, California

  9. gettyimages:

    Before And After: Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California’s Lake Oroville Water Level

    Caption:OROVILLE, CA - JULY 20: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) The Enterprise Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina on July 20, 2011 in Oroville, California. (Photo by Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources via Getty Images) OROVILLE, CA - AUGUST 19: (Bottom) The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State’s lakes and reservoirs is reaching historic lows. Lake Oroville is currently at 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Severe weather is in the news everyday.

    (Source: gettyimages.co.uk)

  10. nybg:

    I’d like to carry summer home with me in a bundle, cabbage whites or no, and enjoy it well past its sell-by date. —MN

    (Source: maorisakai)