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Davis Arboretum

We took a day trip up to Davis to check out the arboretum.  Running alongside the old Putah Creek, it has a range of different plants and trees along its length.  With the university buildings stretching alongside the creek, the … Continue reading

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Funky Building at Northwestern

When our niece first went to Northwestern, we made a number of visits.  At the time, there was an area at the south end of the campus that was a building site.  We hadn’t been back since but now that … Continue reading

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My Time With Seth Myers

I decided to hang out with Seth Myers for a while.  Admittedly, I did this at the same time as a few thousand other people.  He was the commencement speaker at Northwestern University for 2016 and my niece, Sara, was … Continue reading

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The Old 36 Inch Refractor

In the days before reflecting telescopes, refractors were used. In order to see further and further they got larger and larger. This meant very long telescopes and making these was technically very difficult. The reflecting scopes removed the length limitations … Continue reading

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Shane 3m Reflector

If you know your optical telescopes, you know there are two main types – refractors and reflectors. Refractors use lenses to magnify the image and reflectors use mirrors. Reflectors can be much larger and gather more light so took over … Continue reading

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Redwood Amphiteater

An enclave away from the main botanic garden is the Redwood Amphitheater. When we arrived, a wedding was underway in this area but, by the time we had finished walking around the main garden, it was open again so we … Continue reading

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Carnivorous Plants

We took a trip to the University of California Botanic Gardens at Berkeley to see what the collection included. I will share a bit more about the place in due course but one early stop was in a glasshouse that … Continue reading

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Fall in Berkeley

The UC Botanic Garden in Berkeley was beginning to show the signs of fall when we visited. Located in the hills above Berkeley, the climate is probably quite different to other areas nearby. In a previous trip to the area, … Continue reading

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