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Virtual Yosemite: Water Flows in Spring

Image of the Merced River.

YOSEMITE — Following some amazing wildflower blooms this year, Yosemite is now seeing rising river levels, proliferating greenery, and impressive waterfall displays with the onset of warm spring weather. See an immersive 360° VR view of Merced River’s spring runoff below the Pohono Bridge (from 2017) here. This year, unfortunately, appears to be bringing the start of another drought in ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Wildflowers on the Hite Cove Trail

Image of wildflowers on the Hite Cove Trail.

Spring has come to the Sierra, bringing with it a spectacular wildflower season this year. One of the best places to view this is along the Hite Cove Trail, roughly 10 miles to the west of Yosemite’s border, along the Merced River Canyon and Highway 140. See the 360° VR experience here. Currently, millions of brilliant orange California poppies blanket ...

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Get the Latest News from the Fresno Art Museum!

Image of Fletcher Benton sculpture.

The week of March 15, 2021, marked the Fresno Art Museum (FAM) being closed due to COVID-19 for one whole year (except for a few weeks in October 2020). Thanks to all of you who care about the Museum, they are as vital as ever, and are ready to seamlessly reopen and sooner rather than later! Although Fresno County has ...

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History Mystery #97

Image of an old sign in the woods.

History Mystery #97, Chinchilla Ranches and Mystery Signs in the Madera County Mountain Communities Prepared by Andy Brooks, Raymond Museum volunteer The Chinchilla ranch industry, though short lived by most history standards, had a favorable economic impact on the Madera County mountain area communities. How many ranches were there? What other businesses were created from the Chinchilla ranch industry? Who ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter Continues

Image of Yosemite Valley in the winter.

Two weeks ago, we wrote about the retreat of winter in Yosemite as spring approaches. But Yosemite remains unpredictable. This past week, colder temperatures – along with more snow and precipitation – returned, bringing beautiful winter views to the park once again, along with welcome additions to the Sierra snowpack as California prepares for yet another year of drought conditions. ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Winter’s Retreat

Image of Yosemite Valley's winter snow receding below Bridalveil Fall as spring temperatures approach.

YOSEMITE — Yosemite in the winter offers far less-crowded, and frequently more dramatic views of its landscape than in other seasons. The colder weather of winter keeps many visitors away, but the lack of foliage on deciduous trees can provide more open views. In the linked panoramic image, photographed adjacent to Southside Drive, one can see Lower Cathedral Rock with ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Golden Gate Bridge

Image of the Golden Gate Bridge.

By Sal Maccarone The word utilitarian refers to something that is useful, or serves a function. Utilitarian art is something that has function as its main priority, but is at the same time aesthetically pleasing. Like many other artists, I like to think of my own work as utilitarian art. The fact is, many important architectural wonders can be considered ...

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Wilderness Permit Reservations Upgrade

Wilderness permit reservations for the Sierra National Forest (SNF) moves to making the reservation process for overnight visitors much easier with move. Launching on March 09, 2021, overnight visitors to the SNF wilderness areas will be able to make their wilderness permit reservations using the website This replaces the current system, by which reservations were submitted by mail, or in person, ...

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Learn to Embroider at the Fresno Art Museum

Image of the inside of the Fresno Art Museum.

Contemporary Hand Embroidery for Beginners Inspired by the embroidery work in Bonnie Peterson’s exhibition Another Glorious Sierra Day, FAM Registrar Esther Patch created an introductory video on a few basic hand embroidery stitches for anyone who would wish to learn this ancient art form. As part of her Master’s program in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St ...

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