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PICNIC FOR THE PLANET??
Now what does that mean??
The Nature Conservancy has an Earth Day Campaign this year (2012): "Picnic For the Planet 2012" -- encouraging everyone to enjoy Nature by having a Picnic this Earth Day.
But "Picnic For The Planet" means, as I understand it -- a lot more than having a Picnic out in Nature on Earth Day.
From one of their emails about "Picnic for the Planet 2012", I got this link:
The Key Phrase here is:
"Balancing Between Food Water and Nature".
I thought it was kind of funny -- and kind of great -- that it was about a place I have occasionally frequented, traveled through and written comment letters about: Keeping the Santa Clara River of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in Southern CA a Free-Flowing River.
Actually, where I live now - in the Eastern Antelope Valley of Southern California - I live a little bit east of the eastern end of the Santa Clara River Watershed - as pictured in this photo, which I found on Wikipedia:
|SANTA CLARA RIVER WATERSHED, SOUTHERN CA|
I live some miles east of Palmdale in the Map.
But long before I lived in the Antelope Valley, I use to roam the more rural areas of Southern California for several reasons:
1. To do my Landscape Photography
2. Find remote, rural, open spaces with a variety of Nature for Walking and the Joy of it!
3. Buy Local Fresh Healthy Produce
--- and the Santa Clara River Watershed is one of the places I use to go to.
I do believe there were times when I would travel practically the whole length of it from Canyon Country into Ventura County, stopping at Produce Stands along the way or stopping along the way for a Walk (like at Lake Piru) -- sometimes ending up at one of my most favorite places in all of Southern California, just south of the Santa Clara river Watershed in the Western Santa Monica Mountains: Nicholas Flat above Leo Carillo State Beach (there are no signs to Nicholas Flat - you have to get directions and just be good at going down Santa Monica Mountain Roads).
One of my days out in Nature - seeing and feeling some Wide Open Spaces!!
For me it is really true: Every Day is Earth Day!!
Read about the Local Farmers in the Santa Clara River Valley Watershed at the above Nature Conservancy link. You can really buy their Produce in the Watershed -- and have a great trip doing it!!
But there are some things, for me, that mean more than that as part of "Picnic For The Planet " in any year -- I started this blog article with a picture of my very own Rosemary Plant sitting outside my Front Door. I went out this afternoon to cut off some Rosemary Leaves to put in my Salad I was making - oh, also got some Fresh Oregano and Fresh Basil from my very own plants -- part of "Picnic For The Planet" for me means growing my own fresh herbs to cook with. The Rosemary Plant I have had for years -- the Oregano Plant is a couple of years old. Fresh Basil plants I buy every year -- and I bought my first one this year on April 8th!!
My Earth Day Picnic this year: I think I will take a walk through some local wild fields over to a local park and under some Cherry trees, have my own Picnic all right -- including some dishes made with Fresh Herbs I've grown myself!!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!!