Stopping by the Woods

A school vacation break with my kid. We wanted to visit the snow so we headed to the Sierras. Spent the first night high up on a mountainside in sleeping bags in the back of the truck while rain pounded down on the shell a foot above us. It made for mad rushing rivers. The […]

Ode to Solitude

By Alexander Pope. Circa 1700. Long a favorite. Happy the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. Blest! […]

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 […]

Caves We’ve Known

Similar to Wild Swimming Pools I’ve Known, here are some caves I’ve found and explored over the years. This isn’t all of them, just the ones I got pictures of. This first one I found at The Grasslands (my name). A talus cave. These next two are of the same cave. First from the outside. […]

Fall in the Forest

On a sixteen mile loop. A lovely day, just me and the pup. While the upper lands were hot and dry, there was plenty of cool, flowing water in deep canyon pools for wading and swimming, which we did. We walked in silence down the long, winding, narrow trail, just listening to cheery birdsong and […]

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 […]

Rain Trees

There’s a kind of tree known commonly in some parts of the world as “rain trees”. The botanical name for these trees is Albizia saman. According to Wikipedia, “The name ‘rain tree’ was coined in tropical India, especially Bengal. Its origin is the moisture that collects on the ground under the tree, largely the honeydew-like […]

A Walk In The Woods

While it doesn’t have a lot to do with the Miocene epoch per se, and I am not a professional reviewer, I thought I’d give a shot at an assessment of the movie adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling book of the same name: A Walk In The Woods. Anyway, hiking (along with conservation) is a […]

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 […]