Plant a Tree

We’re almost exactly on the other side of the year from Arbor Day; the next day it falls on is April 28, 2017. But I just thought I’d put in a plug for tree planting anyway. There’s just something uniquely satisfying about watching something you planted with your own hands grow and bloom! There’s a […]

Half Feral

Saturday hike in a rare California rain. Just me and the boy. Couldn’t let it pass. The place, the Los Padres National Forest: mountain grass/woodland – my favorite. Everywhere was a misty Monet, and it only took a few steps to fade into the painting. … We tip-toed through sleepy meadow tallgrass bent under the […]

Tribulus terrestris

Also known as Puncture Vine, Devil’s Thorn and other unflattering names. Likely you know the plant as Goatsheads, since it’s thorns, or nutlets, resemble a goat’s head. Native to the Mediterranean but now naturalized to many countries around the world, like numerous other noxious exotics (example: Yellow Star Thistle), it was introduced here in North […]

The Overview Effect

As some of you may know, and as I elaborated in a previous post, those who have travelled to space often recount the sheer awe, and apprehension, they feel when catching sight of the earth from outside. The experience has been described as life altering and, as such, has been under study by a neuroscientist […]

MontaƱa de Oro

A nice place to go. Went to this State Park, about 2 miles south of Los Osos, California, yesterday with my daughter and we had a great time. After our recent coast clean up (see my last post) it was beautiful. Honestly though, I don’t remember the park any other way. “The park’s name, ‘Mountain […]

Coastal Cleanup Day!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 17, is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Yea! This is an annual event that serves several purposes, the main being the removal of a lot, hopefully most (but probably not), of the junk that thoughtless others throw on the ground the rest of the year. The other purpose is that it gets one […]

An Ancient Lament

In the long, sordid history of scoundrels and rogues, Gilgamesh would be right up there with the worst of ’em. Gilgamesh, a mythical figure* from the first modern civilization, that in ancient Sumer, a.k.a. the Cradle Of Civilization, a collection of towns along the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in what was the Fertile Crescent, was […]

Paradise Lost

The “myth” of a paradisiacal past, or Golden Age, where people once lived in a fertile land/world of beauty, abundance and diversity is pretty well universal around the globe. The topic, though, is much too complicated for me to do it definitive justice, so instead I’m going to take the lazy way out and copy […]

The Demise of the Elephant

It’s a battle that has been raging for decades. Elephant (and rhino) poachers vs conservationists. Now a new study, [The Great Elephant Census], by 90 scientists has shown that the numbers of elephants left in 18 African countries have plummeted due to illegal poaching with 27,000, or 8%, killed every year. Some quotes from a […]