Bob Reynolds: An Infectious Good Nature

I was saddened to read of Robert E. Reynolds* death today. He has a long legacy that will be very hard for someone to fill. I learned about it via the Desert Symposium website. Though I am obviously interested in the Barstovian, and other such happy, peaceful times, I am utterly dwarfed by Bob. Bob […]


Seven Sides of San Luis Obispo

I love this town. Oprah Winfrey has called it America’s Happiest City. Following are some pics I’ve taken on various hikes in the hills surrounding SLO, as locals call it. If you look in the distance, you can see the ocean in some of them. The mountains are ancient volcanos called, The Morros. Most were […]

Reflections At The Coast

The kid and I found this spectacular, and somewhat hidden, spot to walk and dream in. It is a place of beauty and peace. Of green hills and rolling waves. A place out-of-time. As always, click to enlarge. Interesting rock formations. Ripples of an ancient seabed. And seaspray! I love that word. Walking here in […]


The art of reconstructing our ancient relatives, the Neandertals (commonly, neanderthals) from fossils has gotten pretty amazing. Neanderthals (roughly 350,000 to 35,000 years ago) did not lead to us however, we came from another group once called the Cro-Magnons (now called Early Modern Humans). Eventually, the Neanderthals became extinct. But, before that happened, there is […]


I wrote this once, and have kept it, but didn’t know what else I could do with it. It’s sort of a rambling trail of thoughts I had one day when I considered rocks and all of the long history, the many transformations they go through over time. My apologies for its seeming unfinshedness. But […]

Asleep on the Ring of Fire

We (my kid and I) decided to camp out on top of the notorious San Andreas Fault. The specific location was Wallace Creek, California. We chose the night of the twelfth because it was the apex of the Perseid meteor shower. What made it spectacular was that there was also a New Moon (meaning there […]

Opal as a Sign of Life

Interesting. Martian gems could point to evidence of life “Professor Martin Lee, of the University’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, is lead author of the research paper. He said: ‘The slice of Nakhla that we have is small, and the amount of fire opal we’ve found in it is even smaller, but our discovery […]

The Trees That Miss The Mammoths

I had to give this wonderful article from American Forests magazine, and written by Whit Bronaugh, some space here. Read and imagine. If you’re done with the article and want to read more, may I suggest The Ghosts Of Evolution Nonsensical Fruit, Missing Partners, And Other Ecological Anachronisms.