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Friday, December 7, 2018

Zooey Deschanel Really Likes Eureka

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 4:25 PM

The landmark Carson Mansion. - FILE
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  • The landmark Carson Mansion.
When actor Zooey Deschanel — star of New Girl and the perennial Christmas classic Elf — was asked about a must-go travel hot spot in California during a recent interview with Travel + Leisure, her answer was short and local: Eureka.

Deschanel, according to the online piece, is teaming up with Capital One on The Purpose Project to promote meaningful travel, which falls in line with her other efforts to make the world a better place, including support for The Farm Project and The Innocence Project.

During the interview — which includes a segment on navigating the perfect road trip through the Golden State — the writer notes that Eureka “probably isn’t on too many people’s radars,” to which Deschanel quickly replied it should be.

“Oh you have to go. It’s so beautiful,” she said. “Its amazing forests and hiking and it’s absolutely magical.”

Read the full Travel + Leisure story here.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

North Coast Night Lights: 1964 High Water on the Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 11:52 AM

“High Water Dec 1964,” reads the sign at chest level. Arrows on the pole draw the eye to the true marker far above. Avenue of the Giants at Weott, Humboldt County, California. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • “High Water Dec 1964,” reads the sign at chest level. Arrows on the pole draw the eye to the true marker far above. Avenue of the Giants at Weott, Humboldt County, California.
In 1964 a perfect storm of snow melt and heavy rains caused a historic flood in Humboldt County and the greater Pacific Northwest. Along the Eel River watershed, the raging flood waters wiped out roads, bridges, and entire communities. U.S. Highway 101 was submerged at some points. That was before my memory, and now most of its effects have been blurred by the passage of time, but there are still some physical reminders commemorating the event visible from the road.

You may have seen the high water marker on the west side of U.S. Highway 101 a little north of the Salmon Creek exit in Southern Humboldt. Another mark sits atop a pole on the Avenue of the Giants at Weott; almost out of sight at the top of the tall pole is a marker showing how deep the Avenue was beneath the surface of the flooding Eel River.

The history and mystery of this past reminder of nature’s awesome power drew my interest to the marker at Weott. I doubt that I’ve ever passed by this marker, nor the one near Salmon Creek, without at least glancing at it and marveling for a moment at the sheer volume of water that the flood had sent gushing through these places continuously for days, all up and down the river, and all over the region. That is a mind-bending amount of water pouring from the skies.
Looking south past the High Water mark along the Avenue of the Giants at Weott. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Looking south past the High Water mark along the Avenue of the Giants at Weott.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Wild Night of Eureka High Football (with video)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 12:16 PM

Eureka High School - ECS
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  • Eureka High School
It was a stag-gering experience for some folks at last Friday’s Eureka High School football game against De Anza when an unexpected visitor took the field, much to the apparent delight of folks in the stands by the sounds of the video.

Watch the video by Sally Graham below:
The Loggers, by the way, handily won the game 66 to 20.
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North Coast Night Lights: Camping in the King Range

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Paradise Ridge in the King Range, southern Humboldt County, California. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • Overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Paradise Ridge in the King Range, southern Humboldt County, California.

The Fall Equinox of Sept. 21, 2017, found me camping beneath the stars on Paradise Ridge in Southern Humboldt’s King Range, a BLM-managed area of our beautiful and famous Lost Coast. Friends I’ve known since childhood had invited me out to join them for a night of stargazing and Milky Way photography in one of their huge glamping tents from their Wayward Glamping business. Early clouds as we set up our camp dampened my hopes for clear skies, but by nightfall the curtains had pulled apart to reveal the celestial show.

The views from Paradise Ridge are spectacular. To the west it overlooks the Pacific Ocean north of Shelter Cove and south of King Peak, the highest point in the range at 4,091 feet. To the east of the ridge, the view includes much of the South Fork Eel River watershed and far beyond to the dim horizon. Because it is so remote, the King Range offers some of Humboldt’s darkest skies, which is perfect for astrophotography and stargazing.


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Friday, November 9, 2018

North Coast Night Lights: Close Encounters on the Avenue

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 3:08 PM

When the Milky Way lines up with the Avenue of the Giants. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • When the Milky Way lines up with the Avenue of the Giants.
The Avenue of the Giants is as beautiful a drive as you will find. The groves along its 36-mile course line the Avenue with some of the grandest examples of the tallest trees on Earth, the California coast redwood, Sequoia sempervirens. Some are thousands of years old. If a disproportionate number of my photographs are taken along the Avenue, it is only proportionate to the beauty that is found there. The image I’m sharing today was photographed from the hillside just off the road near the California Federation of Women’s Clubs Grove, one of the special places found in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

This particular view of the Milky Way rising just so above the road is only visible for a few days of the year. Why is this? Well, we know Earth orbits the sun, going completely around it in one year. This means that each day Earth’s night side is presented with a slightly different view of the cosmos as we travel around the sun, and as our view of the universe changes, the position of the Milky Way in our sky also shifts a little every night. The most spectacular part of the Milky Way, that area nearest the Galactic Core, is now almost entirely beneath the horizon after dark and we will see less of it each night until the return of “Milky Way season” next spring, when we will again be treated to more of the Core in the night sky.

I waited for months for a night when the Milky Way would rise from the horizon above the bend in the road at this spot. In my mind’s eye, the lines and curves of the road, the trees and the Milky Way would line up and interact interestingly, and, together with light painted in by passing cars, would make a good composition. And then, as so often happens, elements beyond my control intertwined with my own endeavors, with results that exceeded my expectations. I had planned to let passing cars bathe the scene with light but I could not control how they laid their strokes of light. I don’t think I could be happier with how it worked out, and again I thank the universe.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

HumLook: Pelicans and Parades

Posted By on Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 3:15 PM

The fifth annual Bark in the Park on Oct. 21 was a dog delight 5K walk-jog, trot-sniff jaunt through Sequoia Park, a benefit sponsored by local firefighters of the Humboldt Bay Fire District. Proceeds from runners traversing through the towering redwoods benefits Mending Mutts, working to rehabilitate animals of Humboldt County that have special and medical needs. - LISA WILHELMI PERKINS
  • Lisa Wilhelmi Perkins
  • The fifth annual Bark in the Park on Oct. 21 was a dog delight 5K walk-jog, trot-sniff jaunt through Sequoia Park, a benefit sponsored by local firefighters of the Humboldt Bay Fire District. Proceeds from runners traversing through the towering redwoods benefits Mending Mutts, working to rehabilitate animals of Humboldt County that have special and medical needs.

Local photographer Jose Quezada has launched a pair of new websites, HumSport and HumLook, showcasing the work of a team of local photographers. Photographers will be uploading galleries of photos on both sites regularly, showcasing their best images of local sports, cultural events and landscapes. High-resolution downloads of the images are also available for $5 apiece.

The Journal is partnering with Quezada and the sites to bring you regular slideshows offering a glimpse of what these photographers have captured. The below slideshow is from HumLook. To see more or to purchase downloads of any of these images, visit www.HumLook.com.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

North Coast Night Lights: This Way to the Galactic Core

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:22 AM

The moonlit Kneeland Road leads straight to the Galactic Core. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • The moonlit Kneeland Road leads straight to the Galactic Core.
I found myself on a ridge line along the Kneeland Road the night of July 18, 2018, on an impulsive late-night mission to the Galactic Core. It was out there, all I needed was a stretch of road that would take me up to meet it at the horizon.

We live in the Milky Way galaxy, which is a spiral galaxy shaped much like a flattened pinwheel, with arms spiraling outward from its center. From Earth’s position on one of the galactic arms, we seasonally get a view through the thickest portion of the Milky Way, which appears as the milky trail, or way, of lightness that stretches from horizon to horizon some parts of the year. This band itself is often called the Milky Way. It is brighter than the rest of the night sky because when we look at it, we are looking through our pinwheel-shaped galaxy edge-on, right through the greatest number of stars, nebulae, etc. They appear so dense from this angle, and many are so far away, that they blend together into indistinct milkiness. The Galactic Core is the center of all that, the densest part, and in July it’s low on the southern horizon after dark. Looking to either side of the Milky Way band is to look above and below the edge-on view of our flattened spiral galaxy, out where the stars are fewer and less closely packed. If your mind is boggled, don’t worry, it’s probably a good thing. That keeps it from being blown. You’re extremely tiny in all this, helplessly adrift in outer space.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Beyond Geek TV Show Goes Kinetic

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap. - PHOTO BY MARK MCKENNA
  • Photo by Mark McKenna
  • Mad Plants - Beyond ThunderClones opens the mouth of its Venus Fly Trap.
Beyond Geek, a public television show about “a fascinating world you didn’t know existed, full of people who take geek to a whole new level,” has just released a new video about this year’s Kinetic Grand Championship.

Described as “part update, part behind the scenes” of the show’s kinetic episodes, filmed during the three-day Memorial Day weekend race that traverses land, sand and water in a quest for the glory.

So take a view down memory lane with the video below and you might just recognized a few of the featured folks:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

North Coast Night Lights: Milky Way Over Kneeland Snow

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 12:28 PM

The Milky Way above a snowy landscape outside of Kneeland, California, early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2018. - DAVID WILSON
  • David Wilson
  • The Milky Way above a snowy landscape outside of Kneeland, California, early on the morning of Feb. 21, 2018.
I was enwombed in a place of dreamlike comfort and warmth. In the honey hum of perfect slumber, I was suspended in the vibrations of the universe. Dreaming of misty sunbeams and forest floors, and floating like a butterfly. Except …

Except the sound of Dr. McCoy’s medical scanner was intruding. It peeled away the warmth and glow, pulled back the mists and shattered the hum. My world tottered, and then it was dark. I was in bed. My alarm was going off. And I was tired. I reached for the phone and shut off the alarm.

3:30 a.m. read my phone and it was time to get up and go take the first Milky Way photograph of the year. Except it was so very early, and I was so very tired. And dreamland’s paradise of moments before still beckoned.

But a voice said to me from inside, "If you don't go out, you won't bring anything back.”

“But sometimes a body needs to sleep!” I cried.

“Well, if you don’t go out, you won’t bring anything back.”

“You always say that,” I said. But I got up.


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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flatmo's Dragon Slays at the Smithsonian

Posted By and on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Duane Flatmo, Tin Pan Dragon, 2006. - PHOTO BY LIBBY WEILER
  • Photo by Libby Weiler
  • Duane Flatmo, Tin Pan Dragon, 2006.
Editor's note: With Black Rock City once again rising up amid the great sandscape of Nevada’s desert expanse, we thought now would be a good time to take another look at the fantastical work of Humboldt County’s own Duane Flatmo, whose dragon creation is part of the Smithsonian’s No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibit on the annual gathering.

The title is inspired by a longstanding “no spectators” saying at the event, according to curator Nora Atkinson, who organized the exhibit in collaboration with the nonprofit that puts on Burning Man, in an article on the Smithsonian website.

"It’s all about being there, being fully present, and not just observing,” Atkinson says in the article. “Two of the 10 principles of Burning Man are radical participation and radical inclusivity, meaning that there are no outsiders. Everyone is part of the experience.”

The reign of Flatmo’s dragon in the Renwick Gallery, located just steps from the White House, is drawing to end Sept. 16 but below you'll find a look back at arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill’s coverage when the artist and B
urning Man aficionado was readying for the show in November of 2017.


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