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LA Filter: Are there picnic tables at Placerita Canyon? If not, where?

LA Filter: Picnic Tables near Nature? 14 Corridor maybe. I'd like to spend a chunk of Saturday or Sunday at a picnic table near nature. Somewhere within about an hour or so of West LA would be ideal. I'm thinking somewhere along the 14 corridor near Santa Clarita or Aqua Dulce. Also, somewhere with a largish natural area where I could do a short hike would be nice. I was kind of thinking maybe Placerita Canyon, but I don't know if there are any picnic tables there. Vasquez Rocks is fun but I don't recall any shady picnick table area. Bonus points for (a) very few or no kids running around screaming, (b) sunny with shade, (c) wildflowers currently blooming. I definitely need a picnic table becuase of what I want to do while I'm hanging out with Nature.
posted by bluesky78987 on Mar 21, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Death-free nature documentary

We're flying with our 2.5-year old and would like to find a nature documentary or TV show for her to watch on our iPad. She doesn't watch much TV, so this is a Big Treat that will hopefully distract her for at least some of the flight. The catch: we're not ready to deal with death yet, so I'd like something without predation/disease/starvation/etc. For simplicity's sake, I'd prefer something available on iTunes, but am willing to look other places, as well. We'd also prefer to avoid mass market characters (Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.). Any good suggestions?
posted by griseus on Mar 12, 2014 - 34 answers

Peace

Any suggestions for movies / television shows set in very peaceful settings? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Mar 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Beautiful places in San Francisco for a person with limited mobility?

A friend's mother is coming to town and we're trying to brain storm some beautiful places to take her. The thing is she has limited mobility and tends to get around in a wheel chair. When I think of places to take people it usually involves a hike to something like the Sutro Baths or China Beach, etc, etc. Would love to hear some thoughts!
posted by matt_od on Feb 25, 2014 - 17 answers

How to get a 5 year old disney princess excited about science?

Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by savitarka on Jan 28, 2014 - 44 answers

Documentary TV Series like Wild China

We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations please for the nearest gorgeous landscape. [Northern CA]

I am finishing finals and me and a bud would like to go somewhere on tuesday and look at something really gorgeous. I live in Davis, CA and am willing to drive 2.5 hours in any direction. Looking for specific recommendations. [more inside]
posted by afterdark on Dec 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Nerdy field guides for California/Baja?

I am a biologist moving to San Diego. My work will take me all over the state, including SoCal deserts and Baja California. There are a million natural history books out there - which ones are worth the money? I want a good plant book for sure. But I would also love recommendations for geology, herps, birds, general natural history and anything else an outdoorsy gal might find interesting.
posted by intoxicate on Nov 27, 2013 - 11 answers

All nature all the time

Please recommend interesting spots within the US or Canada for a 7-10 (or even 15) day nature-centric vacation (for example bike tours, canoe trips or long hikes). [more inside]
posted by PorcupineQuills on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Buy or watch old episodes of Nature?

Is there somewhere I can buy old episodes of Nature, like from 1998? It seems like you can only find recent episodes online, from 2008 at the earliest. Any leads would be greatly appreciated! Even transcripts would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How long for a spider to starve

How long will a spider, trapped in a car, take to die? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Nov 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Exciting Times in SLC

Suggestions for adventure and outdoorsy fun- on a tight budget, and without a car- in Salt Lake City this weekend? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for Gaia, Tellus, Mother Earth, etc.

I need recommendations for gendered representations of nature (e.g.: Gaia, Tellus, Terra, Mother Earth/Nature, etc.) in literature, media, art, children's books, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by still bill on Oct 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Need some new nature documentaries.

I love nature documentaries (good ones), but I'm all out and need some recommendations. More inside for what I like, and what I've seen. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Light weekend hiking in Ferndale or Royal Oak

Looking for a nice place to do some light hiking this weekend during a day trip to the Detroit area. Preferably in Royal Oak or Ferndale because we will be in both places for different reasons. Something in nature with a loop hike between two and five miles preferably. Will travel to nearby towns for the right spot.
posted by morganannie on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Still and meditative HD films of the rainforest?

I love the NRK's Bergensbanen film - a contemplative, hours-long view of snowy Norwegian railway routes. It's perfect as a kind of gorgeous video wallpaper. I'm looking for something similar but from warmer climates - jungle, rainforest, etc. Not even trains, per se - it could just be stationary, HD tripod footage from the deep jungle. Most nature documentaries are too full of cuts and story: I just want something still and beautiful, but full of greenery and birds. Any ideas?
posted by Marquis on Sep 3, 2013 - 5 answers

New Zealand Honeymoon: Help Us Plan

We're honeymooning in New Zealand in mid-November this year. We have 11.5 days between our flight landing in Auckland on a Monday (early early in the morning), and our flight departing from Christchurch on a Friday (mid-afternoon). Help us plan an itinerary! [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Aug 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Foolproof outdoorsmanship in the Bay Area.

Foolproof wilderness excursions (day or overnight) near the Bay Area for two people who are terrible at making arrangements. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Alone in the woods in NorCal

I like to occasionally spend a day by myself in nature to meditate, write, and generally revel in solitude. What are some good places to do this that are within an hour or two's drive of east SF Bay? The ideal spot would be (a) unfrequented to the extent that I'd have a good chance of not encountering another living soul, and (b) near fresh water that one could swim in.
posted by zeri on Jul 13, 2013 - 5 answers

What kind of flower is this?

I think it's some kind of wild rose, though not sure. The photo was taken in Ireland. Photo here: http://instagram.com/p/a1USOGv3BP/ Found something called a Winged Thorn Rose on Google images - but the petals of that rose were not jagged like the one in my photo. Officially stumped!
posted by aelish on Jun 21, 2013 - 7 answers

the art of listening.

MeFites to whom this level of appreciation applies: What are your favorite, most arresting, entrancing, or otherwise awe-inspiring [field / ambient / nature / soundscape] recordings? I'm looking for more to enrich my ever-increasing collection of otherworldly sounds that are very much of this world. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jun 15, 2013 - 11 answers

What might I expect to hatch from these?

Cleaning my balcony yesterday, I overturned a bench to find these small eggs attached by a fine, stiff filament (or if not egg sacs, what, fungus maybe?). I'd like to know what will be issuing from them. I'm in Sydney, Australia.
posted by unliteral on Jun 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Bee House Suggestion

I am thinking of purchasing a bee house for orchard mason bees. What recommendations do you have? What do I need to know?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on May 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Short, dog-friendly hike/walk near Seattle?

I'd like to go for a short hike/long walk in the woods or other wild place within a 90-minute drive of Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can I go to enjoy wind blowing through trees?

My love takes great pleasure in wind blowing through trees, preferably rustling, leafy, big trees. Looking for vacation spots where 1) there are guaranteed trees and highly likely wind, and 2) we can get a warm, toasty room with a great view of said trees. Other than those two criteria, it can be anywhere, any time of year. Where and when would this be?
posted by quarterframer on Apr 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Best day hikes in Middle Tennessee/Kentucky?

Friends visiting me in Nashville want to spend a day frolicking in nature while they're here. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know much about the parks around my own hometown. Where should I take them? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

What is the name of this phenomenon?

My mother is a very nice person who is selectively incredibly mean. Occasionally, she will say things that just boggle my mind. Other than these extremely narrow streaks of cruelty, she is an extremely moral, extremely kind person. What is the name for this quality? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Mar 17, 2013 - 35 answers

Un-Depressing a small grey lounge

Suggestions for greening up an indoor space when I can't use real plants. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Flower Power!

It's winter! And I need spring, summer, fall....heck, any other season than winter! I want to spend some time with flowers. I am looking for places, specifically in the NYC metro area where I can sit with a group of flowers: maybe an indoor garden/nursery, or a flower show....or some crazy field that has flowers growing in the dead of winter (I know!) I do not want to buy flowers and watch them die in my apartment. Do you know of anywhere that I can sit and commune with flowers? Thanks!
posted by Hydrofiend on Jan 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

The World of Mosses

Tell me about the quietest, mellowest, most relaxing nature documentaries that you know. I have the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and they're both amazing, but I'm looking for something slower paced and with less carnivorous ripping things apart. I'd watch the World of Mosses, if such a thing existed. Little birds building nests. Beetles roaming about, beetling. The lives of fungi. [more inside]
posted by bepe on Dec 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Give me your best nature songs

Can you name any songs that use nature as a metaphor? This is my favorite example (Your Rocky Spine). [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Nov 23, 2012 - 17 answers

Nature documentaries for young children

What are some of the best nature and science documentaries for young children? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Oct 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Please help me identify this bird.

Can you help me identify this hawk-like bird? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Resources for Navajo views on animals and nature

Sources for Navajo views on animals and nature? [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry on Jul 25, 2012 - 12 answers

West Coast retreat

Looking for an all-inclusive spa/yoga/outdoors retreat type thing, along these lines, but on the West Coast. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can I get large poster prints of Andy Goldsworthy's more popular pictures?

Where can I get large poster prints of Andy Goldsworthy's more popular pictures? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jul 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Show me what you got, nature!

I'm looking for all awe-inspiring annual/seasonal/migratory natural phenomena within a 4 hour drive of Los Angeles. Help me fill my yearly calendar with sights to see! [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Seeking slow-paced nature anime.

I'm seeking a certain sort of anime--the slow-paced nature appreciation. Here is an extreme example. [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jun 20, 2012 - 15 answers

North Cascades National Park or Glacier?

North Cascades National Park or Glacier? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Jun 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Day Trips for Cheap?

Looking for cool and cheap day trips accessible from Oakland. Preferably things like hot springs, nature/hiking, cheap wineries, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks for your help!
posted by Equiprimordial on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Space invaders?

Are these meteorites? I've been moving them with me for years, always meaning to ask. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Character vs. imaginary nature

What are some examples in fantastic and speculative fiction of characters struggling to survive in a beautiful but alien and dangerous natural environment? All media acceptable. [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on May 11, 2012 - 32 answers

The world is just awesome.

I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Apr 15, 2012 - 35 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Wanderlust

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too on Mar 18, 2012 - 18 answers

I want to hike!

(Michigan filter) Looking for good , woods, and isolation. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Mar 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me figure out what to do with my life.

How do I figure out what I want to do and where I want to live and move to the other side of the country at the same time? Nature, dislike of large cities, an acting career...loooots of text inside, lots of explanation. Help! [more inside]
posted by Emms on Mar 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

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