Category Archives: Nature

Tears in my Garden


The summer brings change, so unlike my usual travelogues, here’s a poem I just wrote.  Feel free to comment with your reactions and realizations.   Tears in my Garden I water the plants in my yard on a perfect-weather morning … Continue reading

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Death Valley: Where Unencumbered Geology and Yogis Are One


Death Valley – the hottest place on earth.  Where temperatures have reached 134°F and where one summer it didn’t get below 100° for 154 days.  It sounds ominous, doesn’t it?   You expect to see vast stretches of white sand; crusty old … Continue reading

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A Quintessential Garden: Jardin, Colombia


What I love about Colombia – or, the Colombia that I saw last month – is its authenticity.  During my three-week trip I found relatively few places that had been gussied up for tourists, or that were overrun by them.  … Continue reading

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Vacationland is Traditionland – Part 1


I apologize for my blogging silence the past couple of weeks.  After spending nine days in Maine, I was on the road again in Utah and southern New England.  I’m home now, after attending a writing workshop where I was … Continue reading

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Migratory Thoughts – a Summertime Perspective


Hey, did you notice the change??  I’m no longer standing above a volcanic lake in Nicaragua.  Now I’m in front of a glacial lake in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta (Canada).  Well, actually, at this very moment I’m sitting … Continue reading

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Discovering the Unexpected in the Crown of the Continent – Sliding Rocks, Falling Buffalo and Damn Good Beer


Our plan was simple:  to hike, camp, ride horses and enjoy nature in two of America’s most spectacular national parks, Glacier and Waterton Lakes (Canada).  Who knew, though, that we’d also learn about ancient animal massacres?  Or, that we’d view … Continue reading

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Once-Glacier, Still-Water(ton) National Parks: The Bear Essentials


Glacier National Park – you’d think it’d be all about glaciers, wouldn’t you?  I certainly did, and hoped to see some during our recent 10-day visit.  It wouldn’t be the first time I’d experience a ‘persistent body of ice, at … Continue reading

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