Tag Archive: Carrizo Plain

Jan 18

Sandhill Cranes land in the Carrizo Plain

The rare and majestic Sand-hill Crane is now wintering in the vicinity of Soda Lake in the Carrisa Plains in eastern San Luis Obispo County and Telegram-Tribune photographer Jack Wilson was lucky enough to catch this flock on the ground and in flight shortly after dawn Friday using his telescopic lens.
©Jack Wilson/Telegram-Tribune

In the mid-1980s when I first photographed the Sandhill Cranes on the Carrizo Plain there seemed to be several hundred flying back and forth between grain fields and Soda Lake. There are fewer acres being farmed out there now, and fewer birds to be seen the last time I was out there. I am not …

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Oct 25

California Valley barn

California Valley has attracted farmers with big plans but by 1966 this farm had seen better days. ©Jim Vestal/The Tribune

Sunsoaked and rain starved, California Valley is a unique place. This photo was made by Jim Vestal July 15, 1966 but I could not find an article to go with it. The building is unusually tall, perhaps it was built as a grain processing facility. Driving by places like this I wonder what the story …

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