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Image:  This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce.
Image: This is 1916 Stone Avenue as it appeared about 1978. It was demolished a few years later to make way for a commercial building. Photo by Ralph Pearce. In the 1960s and 1970s, my dad would take Almaden Expressway to work every day. On the trip downtown, he began noticing an old house from the height of an overpass (for trains, and now the Guadalupe Parkway as well). The house was only visible for an instant on a curve, but it caught your eye because of its architecture and the fact that very little paint remained on the long...Read more...
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darlingtonia flower
Serpentine California California contains an amazing range of climate and landscape, and within that, a diversity of plants. Rare plants are more likely to be found in a unique environment and California excels in unique environments. Over 44% of all vascular (plants having roots, shoots, stems, and leaves to tap into soil, air and sunlight) plant species worldwide are endemic to one of the 25 hotspots of biodiversity that cover less than 2% of the land surface on Earth Norman Myers, 2000 California is one of those hotspots with close to 2000 plants found nowhere else on earth. Some of...Read more...
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