Explorations of trips to find beauty and intrigue in the natural world.

Ladybug Love Fest

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Swarms of ladybugs turn some trails of Redwood Regional Park bright red.

Unlocking the 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 named one of the trees, Methuselah, after the long-living character in the […]

Natural Texture

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We always think of texture as something you must touch to understand. But seeing texture evokes a response as well.

Occupy our Food Supply

Organic tomato soup

Occupy our Food Supply blog in solidarity with RAN’s day of action.

Monarch Migration

Monarch butterfly

I can find nothing comparable to the mesmerizing and unbelievable migration of Monarch butterflies, five generations in one year. January is the time to see them in the Bay Area as they end their long-winged flight, up to 3,000 miles, in California from northern reaches, as far away as Canada. Monarchs east of the Rockies […]

Unfrozen in Time—Canadian Rockies

Canoe view

When planning trips, especially to wild places, I avoid looking at pictures of my destination in advance. When I finally get there, the experience is vivid and full of surprises. On a week-long hiking, bicycling and boating trip in the Canadian Rockies in 2003, I marveled at exquisite mountain vistas and weird natural adaptations on every leg of the adventure.

Hiking to My Heart’s Desire

Inverness Park, Tomales Bay

A hike to majestic Heart’s Desire Beach on Tomales Bay yields an unexpected wonder.

Blind Date: Siberia

Baikal bouquet

Relationships emerge in the oddest places; this one outside of Irkutsk, Russia in a village on the largest and most lovely fresh-water lake in the world: Lake Baikal, known as the pearl of Siberia.