Ukiah, California & Vicinity

"Haiku Spelled Backwards" (Haiku Fan)

© Brooke Clarke 2000 - 2013


Photos taken at my house
Aerial Photo 
Ants
    Flower Ants
Business
    Micro-Breweries
    Restaurants
        Nearby
        Ukiah
    Saw Mills
    Wineries
    Other
Calendar
Government
Airport
    Fire Attack Reloading
    Cal Fire Huey
    Kaman K-MAX
    B17G
    5 June 2015 Airport Day
    20 May 2017 - SAR Training
Bus
Radio & Televison Stations
Location 
Animals & Plants: Opossum, Orchid, Olives, Deer, Birds, Bear, Lion, Wasp, Ants, Snake, Bath Drain Bugs, Beetle on Driveway, Frogs, Coyote Bush,
Organizations
Astronomy 
Internet Service Providers
Health Care
Tractors - Chain Saw 
Taiwan
Weather

Photos taken at my house

Photos below: Forest in the morning, Forest with Active D-Lighting, Ukiah night sky Milky Way, Gree Laser Pointer 
Forest morning of 11 Nov 2015
Forest behind my
                  house Nov 2006 Morning
Forest November Morning
View from house
This is what pattern 238 "Filtered Light" is about in the book A Pattern Language.
25 Jun 2009 Nikon D300 Active D-Lighting
25 Jun 2009
                  Nikon D300 Active D-Lighting
Ukiah California 7 July 09   The cloud like stuff is the milk in the Milky Way
About a 1 second exposure in Nikon D300.
This is close to what you actually see, except your eye doesn't see the red.
Ukiah
                  California Milky Way
Green Laser Pointer
Brooke's Webcam
Ukiah, California
                  Mountain Mist view from front door
Ukiah, California Mountain Mist view from front door
March 2011 dead
                  Oak fell over
March 2011 dead Oak fell over
Bump on Oak 1
Ukiah
                  Forest 20 July 2011 Bump 1 on Fallen Oak
Bump on Oak 2
Ukiah
                  Forest 20 July 2011 Bump 2 on Fallen Oak
30 Jun 2011
                  6:48 pm sun into TV camera lens
30 Jun 2011 6:48 pm sun into TV camera lens
7 July 2011 Forest in the morning
7 July
                  2011 Forest in the morning
Weed Seed Nature's Velcro (it sticks to clothing)
It's about 1/16" x 1/8"
Shown stuck to black shoe lace.
Weed Seed
                  Nature's Velcro (it sticks to clothing)
20 Oct 2011 A couple of Ultra Light aircraft flew between my property and the South end of Lake Mendocino
20 Oct
                2011 A couple of Ultra Light aircraft flew between my
                property and the South end of Lake Mendocino
Here's looking at you.
20 Oct 2011 A couple of Ultra Light
                aircraft flew between my property and the South end of
                Lake Mendocino
Wine Country in the Fall
Taken using the HDR Camera app in my Motorola Electrify 2 cell phone.
HDR Camera, Motorola Electrify 2 cell phone
Cones on big fir tree Sep. 2013
Cones on
                  big fir tree Sep. 2013
Sunset 12 Aug 2014
Sunset 12
                  Aug 2014



Aerial Photo

Overall View - Lake Mendocino with the Russian river (dark blue) coming out the bottom end of the dam.  Highway 101 (light gray)  is to the left of the river.
Ukiah Airport - just to the left of highway 101
My house is at the center of the photo, but I don't see it.  You can see that this is mountains and valleys in a forest.

To enter a Latitude & Longitude use degrees.fraction format.  The above were found with 39.190162 N 123.164023 W

Business

SEEM TO BE OUT OF BUSINESS Aug 2009
Entrance Door
                  to Got Fruit.com Ukiah, California
Front Door
GotFruit.com
Ukiah, California
Got Fruit.com
                  Packing Shed
18 wheel trucks deliver to the left.
Forklift takes gondola to this building
or one of the other buildings.

The empty gondola comes out on this
track and an elevator like machine stacks
them 5 high ready for a forklift
to take to the empty storage yard.


California Western Railroad - Skunk Train - be sure to ask which engine you will be riding behind, not all trains use steam engines
Got Fruit - sells locally grown pears
Holiday Inn Express - Ukiah -
International Paper - Masonite Factory - Grinds up grungy logs and makes saw dust then forms saw dust into Masonite panels - closed 2001
InnEVations - Electric Vehicles
Irish Beach - has rental houses right on the coast, lots for sale, reservations highly recommended.
Jubilee Jumps - large outdoor rentals
Kirk Driving School -
Konoci Harbor - at Clear Lake has live music (tours)
Mendocino Hobbies -
The T Shirt People - Screen printing (T shirts) & Embroidery
Vichy Springs - just a few blocks from my house

Micro-Breweries
Anderson Valey Brewing Company - Boonville, Beer Links -
Mendocino Brewing Company - Ukiah, home of Red Tail Ale - no tours so far
North Coast Brewing Company - Fort Bragg,
Ukiah Brewing Company - Ukiah - my page showing the equipment
Microphor - microflush toilets (2 quart), Roadside Weed Sprayer
Motorsports of Ukiah - Honda products
North Coast Power - solar power stuff
PATCHEN Inc. - Weedseaker, only sprays green weeds, not the dirt
Real Goods
Alternative Energy is in Hopland, about 15 minutes South on 101.  As of 9/99 they are installing a 132 kW - 13,020 panel photovoltaic array - panels owned by Astro Power who is selling output to Green Mtn. Power on East Coast.  After 15 years Real Goods (who is leasing land to AP) will own panels - Real Goods sells a full spec 120 Watt version of the AP panel.  They also have wind generators, micro-hydro generators, efficient lights, etc.
Retech - Manufacturers an increator that can reduce toxic waste into a safe byproduct.  They hold about 17 Patents (search on assignee contains  Retech and Inventor Contains Ukiah).
Rouge et Noir - Camembert, Brie, Schloss - all soft cheeses
Sea Ranch Lodge -
Sonoma Cheese Factory - fine Teleme, Jack and Cheeder cheeses
Suzette M. Cook - digital photography
USS Water Sprots - dive shop
Ukiah Daily Journal -

Restaurants

Nearby Restaurants

Charcuterie - in Healsburg, good food
Harbor Village Restaurant, Four Embarcadero Center, SF (415) 781-8833 - extremely high quality Cantonese food
Madrona Manor - very fine dining & an Inn
St.Orres Inn & Dining Room - found on Hwy 1 using GPS navigator (actual location is 38:47:33 N 123:33:41 W, 95') "fine dining & lodging"

Ukiah Restaurants

Walter Cafe
Patrona's -
North State Cafe -
Romi's Brew & BBQ - Breakfast Menu.pdf - Lunch & Dinner Menu.pdf - (formerly Porter St. Grill - always been on Perkins St)
Romi's Brew & BBQ
Branches - Bakery, Butcher shop, Irish Pub, Wine Bar, restaurant - Closed April 2012
December 11, 2012 now called Crush - the bakery & butcher shop are gone.
The bar/takeout menu is different from the dinner menu.
Bakery
Branches
                Bakery
Butcher Shop (click to see big version)
Branches Meats
Irish Pub
Branches
                Irish Pub
Wine - Main Bar
Branches
                Wine Bar
Ceiling above main dining hall
Branches
                Main Dining Hall






Saw Mills
International Paper - Masonite Factory - Grinds up grungy logs and makes saw dust then forms saw dust into Masonite panels - closed 2001
There are a number of other saw mills in Ukiah, more on them later.
Logging Trucks deliver logs to the mill
Lumber Trucks deliver the finished boards
Saw Dust-Wood Chip trucks deliver materials for other purposes like gardening
Tai Hei Shakuhachi - Japanese Bamboo Flutes by Monty H. Levenson
Ukiah Speedway - oval track
UPS- Cherry St., Ukiah, CA - Customer Counter - UPS has a Depot in Ukiah that serves ?Mendocino County?
Vichy Springs Resort & Mineral Springs -
Wineries
North Coast Wine & Visitor Center
Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association
Brutocao Cellars -
Claudia Springs -
Edmeades Vineyards - winemaker Van Williamson
Fetzer Vineyards -
Gabrielli Winery -
Goldeneye -
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards -
Handley Cellars -
Husch Vineyards -
Jeriko Estate Winery - Next door they are in the process of making a cave and pond for a new different winery
Lazy Creek Vineyards -
Martz Vineyards - winemaker Larry Martz
Mendo Net Listing of Wineries -
Navarro Vineyards -  winemakers Ted Bennett & Deborah Cahn
Pacific Star Winery -
Parducci -
Pepperwood Springs Vineyards - 2003 changed to EsterlinaVineyards
Roederer Estate -
Scharffenberger Cellars -
Other
Evden Enterprises - world class fully automated machine shop
Metal-FX - world class sheet metal shop
Motion Industries - (part of chain) - stocks bearings, O-rings, Devcon epoxy, etc.
Munnell & Sherrill - (part of chain) 9/2008 just found they carry Devcon epoxy, haven't been there yet
Railway Engineering - makes turnouts and track related items for model railways that both look good and work
Zoégas Swedish coffee -

Moyer Construction-Water Hauling
Martin Moyer,
2181 Road B
Redwood Valley, CA 95470 -

Calendar

January

Prune grapes and pears

March

Prune pears
Gardenia sprouting new leaves, Blossoms soon

April

Gardenia bloom

August

pick pears
Redwood empire Fair 2nd week of Aug

September

pick grapes
Third Saturday - "Early Iron Club" Hot Rod Show, either downtown or in the park: Photo1, Photo2, Photo3

Government

City of Ukiah - 15,000 Population, county seat for Mendocino county.
Sonoma County Library Internet Branch -
County Museum - Willits -
Mendocino County Public Service Directory - Community Home Pages -
Ukiah Area California Highway Patrol -
Caltrans - California Dept. of Transportation -
Mendocino - Fort Brag: Things to see & do
Mendocino Junior College -
Mendocino Transit Authority - bus schedules
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens -
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum -
Point Cabrillo Light Station -
Willits Chamber of Commerce -
Mendocino County Government - Planning & Building - Inland Zoning code -

Airport

The Ukiah Airport is a general aviation airport that is also a home for:

Federal Express Office - 1329 S State St, Ukiah CA 95482 -

Flies a single propeller freight plane on schedule to provide the same good service as they provide elsewhere

California Department of Forestry - CDF Aviation Management Program -

In a rural area where it could take a long time for a fire truck to drive to the site of a fire, it is very comforting to know that the air attack units can be there in a matter of minutes.

Still photos taken 2001


CDF S-2 wing # 73
CDF S-2 wing # 95
CDF OV-10 tail #
                  110
Cal Star helocopter
                  N623MB
S2 Radial engine -
                  What A Sound

Bags of Fire Trol
                  waiting to be mixed
Fire Trol
                  Mixing
 Grumman S2  with radial engines, What a Sound  & www.OV-10 Bronco.net  
The S2 carries a mixture of water, red clay (for color), salt, and a sticky stuff like in napalm called Fire-Trol that comes in big cloth bags one bag to a pallett.  It is mixed with water then pumped to the planes.  You can see that the concrete below the planes has a red color.  That's the Fire-Trol red color.

27 Aug 2012 CDF tail No. 90 & 91 Reloading


Each plane is loaded with 1,000 gallons of fire retardant.
I estimate the weight to be about 8,500 pounds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_firefighting

In the past the S-2 bombers had 9 cylinder radial engines, now the S-2AT has turboprop engines. The Fire-Trol has been replaced by Phos-Chek retardant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phos-Chek
http://phos-chek.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_S-2_Tracker
One bag of retardant is mixed with 10,000 gallons of water. 

It takes about 2 minutes and 20 seconds to pump 1,000 gallons of retardant. 
That requires a 500 GPM pump allowing for some pipe loss.

The person doing the loading is the "Loader" and the person controlling the plane is the Marshal or Ramp boss.

North Pass Fires
Mill Creek (Cow Mountain) Fire Attack plane landing at Ukiah


Scotts Fire

Cal Fire Maps

3 April 2013 Cal Fire Huey with water bucket just filled at Lake Mendocino
3 April
                    2013 Cal Fire Huey with water bucket just filled at
                    Lake Mendocino

Indian Fire Lake County Air Attack planes over me 7 Aug 2013


24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for Lake Mendocino to get water.

Kaman K-MAX (Wiki) - can lift twice it's empty weight & twice what the Huey above can lift.
Counter rotating main blades, no tail rotators. Movable stub wing.
Designed to be an aerial truck.  Marines called them the "Grasshopper".  An unmanned version being developed.
Using the K-MAX for firefighting is a new service for Timberline Helicopters.
24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty? 24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty?
24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty? 24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty?
2881989 Air vehicle with rotary wing, Anton Flettner (Wiki), Apr 14, 1959, 244/6, 244/49 - instead of the 2 to 3 lbs/sq ft of normal
choppers this uses 6 to 10 times higher loading and about 5 to 10 times more power, hence has a higher lift capacity.

Unmanned K-MAX helicopter, Stalker XE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), and UAS Traffic Management (UTM) systems work together to extinguish fire


24 May 2015
In the morning when the Sun is behind me.
Rented by the Feds for a fire
24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty?

24 May 2015 A new chopper heading for
                            Lake Mendocino to get water. Maybe an Apache
                            AH64 modified for fire duty?

24 Jun 2015 GoodYear Blimp N10A (Wiki) flew over my house
24 Jun 2015
                    GoodYear Blimp N10A

12 July 2016
Boeing CH-47F Chinook C/N M.8406
tail No. 10-08406
12
                            July 2016 Boeing CH-47F Chinook C/N M.8406
                            tail No. 10-08406
12 July 2016 Boeing CH-47F Chinook C/N
                            M.8406 tail No. 10-08406




12 July 2016
                    Boeing CH-47F Chinook C/N M.8406 tail No. 10-08406
13 July 2016 - another chopper looking for pot.  UH-60 (Wiki).  Notice all the special multi spectral sensors (Wiki).
The local law enforcement agencies train other agencies in how to hunt for pot grows, so some of these flights are actually
looking for pot while others may just be training flights.  Marked United States Army
UH-60
                    looking for pot
13 July 2016 - this guy flew below the tree line above the creek, never have seen that done before.  A few minutes later he made a pass between me and the creek
UH-60
                    looking for pot
Flying in the other direction
UH-60
                    looking for pot

27 April 2017 - I can hear a chopper very close, but have not seen it.

B-17G 14 May 2013

Fig 1 side view
B17G
Fig 2 side view engines
B17G
Fig 3 engine close up
B17G
Fig 4 Norden Bomb Sight
B17G
Fig 5 B-17G s/n: 44-85740
B17G
Fig 6 Tail Gunners Sight
B17G
Turret gunners compensating sight
2399726 Apparatus for aiming guns, Fairchild Camera & Instrument, May 7 1946
Wiki: Reflector Sight, Gyroscopic Sight,
Collimator sight - which is this sight?
Fig 7 R-1820 engine close up
B17G
Fig 8 Aluminum Overcast nose art
B17G
Fig 9 Aluminum Overcast nose art
B17G
Fig 10 Wheel well
B17G
Fig 11 Wheel well
B17G
Fig 12 Wheel well
B17G
Fig 13 Wheel well
B17G
Fig 14 Bomb bay
B17G
Fig 15 Bomb bay
B17G
Fig 16 Bomb bay looking at back of cockpit
B17G
Fig 17 Landing gear
B17G
Fig 18 Waist Gun
B17G
Fig 19 Tail view
B17G
Fig 20 Takeoff Video
 
Fig 21 HD Video

5 June 2015 Airport Day

In the morning heard various planes flying over my house, reminded me that today is airport day.
Event frequency 123.0 MHz

Fig 1
5 June 2015 Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 2
5 June 2015 Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 3
5 June 2015 Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 15 CarStar air ambulance
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, CarStar air ambulance
Fig 5 From Tower looking North
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 6 CalFire Huey to the South
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 7 Antenna Farm
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day

Fig 9 Hiller Helicopter N91556 1952 UH-12B
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, Hiller Helicopter N91556 1952
                  UH-12B
Fig 20 NX4435T Yakovlev Yak-52?
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, NX4435T
Fig 10 NX4435T Yakovlev Yak-52?
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, NX4435T

Fig 19 N56642
1941 Consolidated Vultee BT-13A C/N 6097
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, N56642 1941 Consolidated Vultee
                  BT-13A C/N 6097
Fig 11 N56642
1941 Consolidated Vultee BT-13A C/N 6097

5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, N56642 1941 Consolidated Vultee
                  BT-13A C/N 6097
Fig 8 Local Hanger Queen 1942 Vultee BT-13A
5 June 201
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, 1942 Vultee BT-13A
Fig 18 N56CU
1941 North American AT-6A C/N 786536
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, N56CU
Fig 12 N56CU
1941 North American AT-6A C/N 786536

5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, N56CU

Fig 17
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day
Fig 13 Biplane
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day

Fig 16 P-51 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball Alice"
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball
                  Alice"
Fig 14 P-51 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball Alice"
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball
                  Alice"
Fig 4 P-51 Fly over
5 June 2015
                  Ukiah, CA Airport Day, 44-74389 N64824 "Speedball
                  Alice"
26 Aug 2015  ]
Maybe the same as Fig 11?
One Prop
13 Sep 2015 N68GG - 1975 Bell 206b
Very smoky because of wild fires.
box sensor backage on bottom.
13 Sep 2015
                  helicopter N68GG


20 May 2017 - SAR Training

Ukiah Daily Journal: MCSO: Helicopter training at Lake Mendocino this weekend, trail access limited - "The joint training effort will use the National Guard CH47D Chinook, U/HH60 Blackhawk, UH72A Lakota, the Cal Fire UH1H Super Huey and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Bell 407 helicopters."

CH47D Chinook (Wiki)
YouTube Video
SAR Training,
                  Ukiah 20 May 2017 CH47D Chinook

HH60 Blackhawk
YouTube Video
SAR Training,
                  Ukiah 20 May 2017 HH60 Blackhawk

SAR Training,
                  Ukiah 20 May 2017 HH60 Blackhawk
UH72A Lakota (Airbus)
You see these at the hospital.
Cal Fire UH1H Super Huey
SAR Training,
                  Ukiah 20 May 2017 Cal Fire UH1H Super Huey

Bell 407 (Wiki)
You see these at the hospital.

16 July 2017 Ridgewood Fire

Fig 1 View out my front door 16 July 2017 - Smoke
16
                  July 2017 Ridgewood Fire
Smoke is on the horizon, not close by
Fig 2 Cal Fire chopper N205BT
carrying water 17 July 2017 10:15:44am
16
                  July 2017 Ridgewood Fire
This same chopper is circling
I don't think he can dump and reload
in a manner of minutes.
Fig 7 Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane w/ tank (Wiki) rather than bag
16
                  July 2017 Ridgewood Fire
N4035S operated by Siller, Yuba City

CalStar - photo  Helicopter ambulance (Ukiah Photo - N623MB)

Sheriff's Helicopters

UKI - Ukiah Muni Airport - Air Nav information
Airport Communications

                       CTAF: 123.0
                     UNICOM: 123.0
                  WX AWOS-3: 134.750 MHz (707-462-7005)
WX AWOS-2 at 1O2 (16 nm SE): 118.35  MHz (707-262-0380)

     COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDED BY UKIAH RADIO ON FREQ 123.6 & 255.4. MHz
     APCH/DEP SERVICE PROVIDED BY OAKLAND ARTCC ON FREQS 127.8/353.5 MHz (UKIAH RCAG).

Nearby radio navigation aids

  VOR radial/distance                 VOR name   Freq        Var
  -------------------  -----------------------  ------       ---
  ENIr022/5.5                 MENDOCINO VORTAC  112.30 MHz   16E

  NDB name                    Hdg/Dist  Freq  Var  ID
  --------------------------  --------  ----  ---  -------------------
  LAMPSON                     282/16.7   217  16E  LOP  .-.. --- .--.
   I think Lampson is long gone, replaced by
  UKiah                                  371 kHz   UK    ..-   -.-

Yokayo Elementary School - Airport web page -

Ukiah Prop Busters

This is an airport for Model Airplanes, it's just South of Ukiah surrounded by vinyards.
Accident
NTSB Acd #      Date                 Location      Regi          Make   Model              Severity
LAX04FA093   Apr 04, 2004   Ukiah, CA   N4130D   Piper   PA-32R-301T   Fatal

Bus

Amtrack has a bus station at the Burger King at the intersection of Perkins and the 101 highway.

Radio & Televison Stations

KUKI  1400 AM -Station Data - tower near N. State St. & CA101
KOZT 95.3 & 95.9 FM - Mendocino has a lot of rock musicians, great programming, on the coast in Fort Bragg
K-wine 94.5 FM - Adult Contemporary
KZYX 90.7 FM & KZYZ 91.5 FM - PBS with a great variety of programing
KMFB - 92.7 coast 96.7 Ukiah valley - oldies
KMKX - 93.5 classic and new rock

Radio Frequencies -

CHP -
California municipal radio frequencies by Michael Sattler -
CDF Frequency List -
California - Ukiah Scanner Frequencies - note 10,525 & 24,150 MHz are police radar frequencies

Location_

Mendocino County - Geographic Information -
around my House -  Deer, Turkeys, Chicks, Rabbits, Squirrels (they bark), Quail (they click), Dove, Bear (they get into the garbage), Rattle snake, brightly colored millipead, Raccoons and all kinds of birds, Buzzards, Old Oak Root Fungus, New Oak Root Fungus (Or is it something else? brooke@pacific.net) Bats.
4 Dec 2006 - Tried using an ultrasonic converter to listen for bats at dusk (5:30 pm) but did not hear any.  They are not active when it's cold, but in the summer they are.

Animals & Plants

Opossum
Mystery Animal
Cone shaped head with white on both sides and a tail that's curled down in a vertical plane.  Walks slowly. Just under 3 feet long.


Didelphis marsupialis---the Virginia opossum.  It's a long way from home.
Snake head at left.
Snake in the
                  Rose bushes
When I took photo saw body, but not head.
Orchid
Red Dove
                  Orchid
When indoor plants like Gardenias or Orchids are placed by the master bath window that faces south east they get morning sun and do well.  Photo on left is of a Red Dove orchid in bloom for the second time.
June 2007 same orchid has two flower stalks this year.
Orchid June 26 2010

Photoshop CS4 stacking focus
Experiment stacking two images to improve focus using CS4
Orchid

Violet Wild Flower
Violet Wild
                Flower
Growing wild outside back door intermixed with California Poppies.
Water Lily Lotus Flower
White Water Lily Lotus Flower
at forest end of tub
Red Water Lily Lotus Flower
Red Water Lily Lotus Flower
at house end of tub
Olive Harvest 2013 Ukiah
9 Nov 2013 the  Mission and Manzanillo olives were picked and taken to Olivino in Hopland, California to make olive oil. The oil was picked up the next day.  They used the blade crusher rather than the stone mill because of the type of olive and how ripe they were.  See the Olivino Mill web page
for an explanation of the various machines used on the olives.  They use Vitone olive processing equipment.

Youtube Video



Azolla growing in pond aka: Mosquito fern (Wiki)  Leaves float, long parts are roots.
maybe each clump s 1/4" across.  Covered all of the surface of pond.
Azolla


Deer

Netflix:  NATURE: The Private Life of Deer - interesting info about white tail deer
Young Buck (less
                than 1 year old)
Buck brothers
                (less than 1 year old)
7 May 2008 a couple of bucks that are borthers and less than one year old
Deer April
                2010
10May14 Fawn 4 days old
10May14
                  Nursing Fawn 4 days old
10May14 Nursing Fawn 4 days old
10May14
                  Nursing Fawn 4 days old
Deer Bones
Maybe around December a deer was found dead behind my garage.  No sign of injury or other cause of death.  It was moved about 10 feet away and although the outside temperature was near freezing some turkey vultures had a meal or two.

Then the carcass disappeared.
Deer Bones
1 May for the first time since winter I was walking on the gravel covered path around my house and there were most of the deer bones, all white and clean.  I think they are so well preserved because of being on the gravel.  In cases where they are in the dirt they tend to vanish.

I'm 99% sure a bear dragged the carcass and then eat what meat there was.  Later maggots cleaned the bones.
Buck at Salt
                  Lick
Buck at Salt Lick
two fawns in
                  back yard 18 Sep 2011
two fawns in back yard 18 Sep 2011
19 Oct 2014 Buck
Photo taken through beveled glass front door
19 Oct 2014
                  Buck
Oct 2016 Buck - probably the one who broke Coyote Bush.
Note 2 new points at lower right.
Oct 2016
                  Buck - probably the one who broke Coyote Bush.

Birds


Turkey Vulture in front yard 8 Apr 2014
Turkey Vulture in front yard 8 Apr 2014 Turkey Vulture in front yard 8 Apr 2014


Turkey Vultures in front yard 25 Mar 2015
Turkey Vulture in front yard 25 Mar 2015
2 Turkey Vultures in front yard 25 Mar
                          2015


California Towhee Aug 2013
California Towhee (Wiki) Aug 2013
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker (Wiki) Dec 2013
Pileated Woodpecker (maybe 10" tall?)
basis for Woody Woodpecker
Large Woodpecker 11 Jun 2014

Large Woodpecker 11 Jun 2014
House Finch
House Finch
Woodpecker eating seeds?
Woodpecker eating seeds?
Purple Finch (female)?
x


13 Oct 2014 New small Nyger seed bird feeder & new Lesser Goldfinchs
three birds in photo (click on photo for larger image)
Small seed
                  bird
Sprouted Nyger seeds
Sprouted
                  Nyger seeds
30 Mar 2015 Squirrel eating from sunflower seed bird feeder
Cracking sunflower seed and eating
30 Mar
                          2015 Squirrel eating from sunflower seed bird
                          feeder
Can climb fence as fast as a tree
30 Mar
                          2015 Squirrel eating from sunflower seed bird
                          feeder

After awhile the squirrel climbed down and moved
away maybe ten feet.  A couple of ring neck pidgins
landed on the post six feet away and the squirrel
came back and claimed the seeds.  Later the pidgins
were on the ground below the feeder eating the
leftovers.

Rear feet hold fence, front feet hold birdfeeder
30 Mar
                          2015 Squirrel eating from sunflower seed bird
                          feeder
Brewer's Black Bird 3 May 2015
Brewer's Black Bird
Squirrel's eat more seeds than the birds.
This is the first time I've seen them on the
feeder at the right with the yellow seeds on the right.
In the past they have only gone after the
Sunflower seeds on the left.
Squirrel's eat more seeds than the
                          birds.



Salamander on
                  driveway after rain
Salamander (Wiki) on driveway after rain

Turkeys were making a lot of noise, but by the time I got the Nikon D300s with the 300mm Lens and tripod outside they were just leaving.  Over 100 feet away.
June 2014 Bear photographed next door & Bear Scat in my backyard.
Bear Scat
Taken at neighbor's place
Deerwood
                  Bear
2014 Deer in the Forest Eaten by Vultures & Bear - YouTube -

30 Aug 2016 Bear here
Bear
                  checking my garbage

Lion

Around 2009 - 2013 there have been a number of sightings by neighbors.  Just as the sun was setting I went out the
front door.  From the sound of the lion's roar, that sounded
pretty much like those from the movie Cat People (IMBD), this was a full sized lion.  Looking to my left where the sound came from all I could see was black forest since the setting Sun was to the lion's back.

Rabbits

In front of house where lawn used to be.
Rabbits 29
                  Apr 2017





Wasp Nest 30 May 2008  (Wiki, paper wasp)

Wasp Nest Under
                  Construction
Last Year's now
                  empty Wasp Nest
They make new nests in the spring when water, mud and plant material is available.  They do not reuse last year's nest.
These are under the second story eves, a location very hard to get to be any predator.
Wasp Nest Under Construction
Last Year's now empty Wasp Nest
Wasp Mud daubber?


Mud Dauber (Wiki)


mud dauberes make their nest on the ground.
Paper wasps make there nest under the eaves.


Ants

House Ants laugh at
          Raid Double ControlWhen confronted with indoor ants I tried Raid Double Control baits, but the ants seemed to recognize them and stay away, not one ant had gone inside after many hours.  You can see the active area has not one ant in photo at left although there are at least 16 ants in the photo.  Using the ant identification guide at U.C. Davis showed that these were Odorous House Ants and that I needed either Fipronol or Hydramethylnon baits.  After trying 4 local stores Combat Source Kill was found with Hydramethylnon.  Ants gone in a couple of days.  Combat Source Kill  is made under U.S. patent 4563836 which covers the design of the bait, not the chemical used.


 Once you know what type of ant you have THEN look up which bait has the needed active ingredient using
Table 2 lists common names and what active ingredient they have.
Within a few days the ant population was noticeably lower and after about a week there were no ants to be seen in the house.

Ant Stake This ant stake (all of them?) contains hydramethylnon and is the recomended ingrediant for an ant bait for the Pavement Ant that's here 4 Sep 2010.  Used a toothpick to stir some water into the bait and wiped it on the wall next to the spot where they were coming into the house.  Within an hour the swipe was covered with ants.  After four hours there are still ants at the bait, as shown in the photo.
10mm Ant
2 Apr 2011

Flower Ants

These ants appear to have a white flower pointing forward.  It's like an inverted umbrella and they can carry it open or furled.  There were thousands of them migrating toward the Sun on 31 Aug 2012.
Flower Ant???
In this photo there are at least 3 flower ants.  One at the left center with the flower furled (point at left).  One at the center with the flower open, and one just below where the flower looks like a cylinder (not pointed).

Our Curator Assistant, Stefan Cover, identified the ants thus:
The ants look like Messor andrei to me, a common California harvesting ant.  The ants in the picture are carrying seeds.
Professor Edward O. Wilson | Harvard University | Museum of Comparative Zoology | 26 Oxford Street | Cambridge MA 02138-2902 | FAX 617-495-1224




Bath Drain Bugs


Bath Drain
                  Bugs
There insects (6 legs) seem to move from the bathtub drain.
about 10 mm overall length.
What are they?  Let me know.

Beetle on Driveway



Beatle on
                  Driveway

Beatle on
                  Driveway
What are they?  Let me know.      

Probably Soldier beetles (Wiki)  
Largus Cinctus (Bug Guide)
                                                                    
27 Sep 2013 - moth (Wiki) lands on stapler and poses for photo op
27 Sep 2013 - moth
                  lands on stapler and poses for photo op


Frogs

There's a pond in the fenced part of the back yard and this time of year (April 2016) they croak, sometimes all night.  This frog is about an inch long and somehow he got into the kitchen and on top of the hot water pot.
Frog on Hot Water Pot in kitchen
Frog on Hot
                  Water Pot in Kitchen



Coyote Bush (Wiki)

October 2016  Some animal broke a few branches.  Then a day or two later more branches were broken.  Then some days later more branches broken and a smaller nearby bush had it's branches broken.
I haven't seen other plants broken like this before.  What animal and why?  Let me know.

One idea is that this is a narrow passage between a fence and steep slope, so a bear walking on all for legs might just step on the bush, but no signs of scat nearby.

Another idea is that it's been cold (40s F) at night and the deer may be in rut (Wiki).  But why break only the Coyote bush?

Coyote Bush with
          branches broken by some animal



Organizations

Grace Hudson Museum -
NAS - Peregrine Audubon Chapter - Local Bird Sightings -
Mendocino Environmental Center - Mendocino County Environmental Groups -
Mendocino Lost and Found - Mendocino County's Metal Detecting Club
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County - a public resource for community philanthropy

Astronomy

Many years ago there was a government Lattitude observatory here in Ukiah on Observatory road.  It was one of a handful of observatories characterizing the wobble of the Earth.  It had a mederian telescope and the elevation angle of stars was measured at the precise time that they crossed the meridian.  The night sky here is still awesome.
Ukiah Astronomical Society -Yahoo U-A-S listserver web page: stars-r-us.com
Taylor Planetarium and Observatory - Lake County

Internet Providers

Pacific Internet - This is where my web pages are hosted   - www.ukiah.com
Mendonet -
Mendocino Community Network - Directory -
JPS net -
MendoLake Online - web services & local links

Health Care -

Ukiah Valley Medical Center -

Tractors

A small tractor would be handy for:

Two Axle Tractor

Bobcat - skid-steer loaders - small sizes don't accept many accesories
Kubota - they own the small tractor market - Lampson Tractor, North Bay Tractor
B7300 - 16 HP - 12.5 HP@PTO - Bush Hog:  662H backhoe, 1846QT loader, PHD2101 Post Hose Digger,  RTS series of rotary tillers
B2100 - 21 HP
B2400 - 24 HP
Bush Hog - Makes front loaders, back hoe, tiller, post hole digger, etc. attachments
Rainbow Ag on Perkins st - John Deere tractors -
John Deere - Gator -
Kawasaki - Mule -
AGCO -used to  make Allis Chalmers - I had a B12 (12 hp) with front loader & tiller

Single Axle Tractor

These are also known by many other names.
In Taiwan you see these on the side of the road with a large trailer filled with agricultural products.  I'm sure that in the field other attachments are used.
UN - Single axle Tractors -
Two-wheel tractor (Wiki)
They are much more maneuverable than a four wheel tractor.

Makers

BCS - America - YouTube - claim to be the largest single axle maker in Europe (in Italy since 1940) 5.5 to 13 HP models
Earth Tools - carries BCS & Grillo - YouTube -
Grillo Italy - Australia  - YouTube
DONGFENG - Power Tiller/Two-wheel Tractor -
Gravely - Rapid series 9 to 20 HP
Kamco - 3.5 HP and lower
Mingsin - Walking Tractor
Siam Kubota - user hostile web pages - NC+ Dual Clutch : 980mm (about 1 meter dia) cage wheel for rice paddy - YouTube
VST Tillers - 8 to 13 HP tillers
Yanmar power tiller - YouTube - some are monsters with ride behind
Hezhengfeng - single vertical tine tiller

Chain Saw

When you live in a forest a chain saw is one of the common tools.  SAFETY is very important!
Echo CS-330T chain saw Aug 2009 - need chain saw (my old McCullough was given away some years ago) since there are now more dead trees both still standing and laying on the ground.  The trees are mostly under 8" diameter so a chain saw that's gas powered, light and with a short bar would be much easier to use than a big lumber jack type.  After a lot of searching I found the Echo CS-330T.

It came with a small bottle of 2-stroke oil (enough to make 1 gallon), a bunch of manuals, a combination tool, and an anti-kick-back tip.  In addition I bought a 2 gallon gas container, spare chain, 5/32" chain file, chain oil.  When the chain gets dull I'll swap chains and sharpen the dull one.

In the photo the chain is too loose.  The anti-kick-back bar tip has not been installed for a few reasons: (1) it prevents plunge cuts and (2) with a blade this short the actual remaining cutting length is very short, (3) may lead to jamming (not chain but tip and saw body).

Note: it takes some force pulling back on the red chain lock to free the chain but only a slight forward force to lock the chain.

Note: The grease guns for lubing the chain wheel at the tip of the bar could not be found after searching a number of the local stores that sell chain saws and the manual does no mention a need to grease the wheel, so I'm hoping it will be OK without grease.
Echo CS330T boxed
This is a 17 1/4" x 11 1/4" x 6 inch box modified
to hold the chain saw and all it's related accessories except for the gas.

The box is a size that happens to fit well on the
storage shelving I use.  By using a box this size much more can be stored on the same set of shelves.







 Starting Tip

After sitting for over a year my McCullough chain saw would not start.  Removing the spark plug showed small water drops.  The fix was to use canned air and blow dry the plug and also the cylinder.  After that a few pulls on the starting cord with the plug out to clear out the cylinder and it started on the first pull after the plug was installed.

Dirt

If the chain touches dirt is will dull.  This applies even when stopped, i.e. the oil will hold the dirt and at the next cut the dirt will dull the blade.  If a running blade touches dirt it will instantly become dull.

Gravel

The there is an inlet off of the Russian River where soil setteles out.  In the past they used an excavator to remove the dirt so that it could be trucked away, now they have a tower machine with an engine at it's base.

Self Propelled String Trimmers

Bear Cat - 73350, 73265 & 73455 have 3 speeds forward
Troy Bilt - manual push only

Taiwan

In Taiwan June through August 2008.


Weather

26 Sep 2005 Thunder Storm26 Sep 2005 Thunder storm.  Photo taken looking East at sunset.

National Weather Service -Interactive Weather Information Network - Ukiah Ariport -






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