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...]
Entering this moonscape of skeletal branches on Mt. Diablo’s Oak Knoll Trail I didn’t expect to see the burst of wildflowers that was to come. But signs of thriving vegetation soon appeared. Sprouts of the plentiful chemise bush were already a foot high. And thousands of whispering bells popped up … [Read More...]
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...]
Drawn by nature’s allure, I find myself a student of its irreplaceable diversity. We have a long way to go to restore what we’ve destroyed. Yet a vast ocean of life still thrives just beyond housing developments, past urban streets, over jumbled … [Read More...]
We always think of texture as something you must touch to understand. But seeing texture evokes a response as well.