Mystery of the Ancient Bristlecone Pines

Bristlecone pine tree

Envision being alive before Moses traversed the desert. Imagine existence before the Mayans disappeared. Consider life on Earth some 4,800 years ago. The Great Basin bristlecone pines in the forest of the White-Inyo Mountains of eastern California have survived that long. Scientists have … [Read More...]

Ladybug Love Fest

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I just returned from a hike where I saw tens of thousands of ladybugs (aka Convergent Lady Beetles) scrambling over each other on logs and twigs, in crevices and cracks, and over thorny vines trying to stay warm. Three bugs thick in some places, these red swarms have been populating sunlit spots … [Read More...]

Rockin’ the Outback

Showering rocks

In the Land of “127 Hours” I was standing on the edge of a narrow canyon called Middle Keyhole in Zion National Park, a cold waterway behind me, a 25-foot drop ahead of me. My heart was pumping at full pace now. It had started beating faster the moment we arrived at Zion Adventure Company to pick … [Read More...]