Willow Spring

Not to be confused with the Willow Spring Figueroa Trail or the Willow Spur trail, also in the Los Padres Mtns. Went for a hike yesterday with my daughter to a place I’ve not gone before, which is surprising when you consider all the times I’ve hiked other trails around here. It was lovely. It’s […]

Trasher Hall of Shame

Following are images of some of the more notable of the many instances of trash carelessly, or deliberately, tossed about I’ve come upon in my hiking life. I always have to ask, why do some people have so little respect for nature? Shame on the trashers. Please you bozos, get the hint. And if you […]

Like a Bad B-Movie

If you’ve followed the news recently, you’ve probably heard of efforts worldwide to try to create techno-bees, mechanical/computerized replacements for the real thing. The reason is that, as most people are aware, the bees we use most to pollinate our crops are suffering huge die-offs globally due to a malady known as Colony Collapse Disorder […]

A Pyrrhic “Victory”

I despise politics. Always have. Can’t stand talking about it. The power trips, the lies, the manipulation. But if you happen to be someone who cares when good things come under attack by those in public office, you’ll sometimes find that you are forced to comment and take sides. And so I will. It didn’t […]

Of Drought and Rains and Climate Change

(This post has been later edited for clarity and addition of information) We on the west are having quite the winter this year! Torrential storms (accompanied by hurricane force winds) are soaking the state of California*, hopefully ending a punishing 5 year drought. I see, though, in my perusing of various websites on the topic, […]

Hot!

Recently, “The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015” and declared it the Hottest five-year period on record. But still skepticism is high, especially among those of the conservative Republican persuasion (though that is changing). Click to enlarge. And to a degree, one can understand why denialism persists. Not […]

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 […]

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 […]

After Man

With so much dire news, especially since the turn of the century/millennium it seems, apocalypticism is all the rage as people ponder and worry about the future, a hint of apprehension present every time we look at the headlines. The topic is a hot one in literary quarters as well and I wonder if it […]