Category Archives: Nature

Finding Clarity and Perspective in the Wilderness

Castle Rock, San Rafael Wilderness Concerns in the wilderness revolve around basic necessities not luxuries. Removal from the busy, overstocked urban realm and immersion in the sparse serenity of pristine nature reduces life to an elemental state. Such experience trims … Continue reading

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Searching for Soul Outside the Cage

San Emigdio Mountains “The environment we’re used to is designed to sustain us. We live like fish in an aquarium. Food comes mysteriously down, oxygen bubbles up. We are the domestic pets of a human zoo we call civilization.” –Laurence … Continue reading

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Feeding A Scrub Jay

We’ve befriended a scrub jay.

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Life and Death in a Creek

Murky and mossy, slow-flowing summertime creek. With the southern Los Padres National Forest currently undergoing its characteristic seasonal broil, and being too brutally hot and dry for hiking many miles, there are a few cooler, less visited nooks I like … Continue reading

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Stapelia Bloom

The miniature Stapelia variegata (aka carrion or starfish flower) growing in my backyard is throwing off flowers. It’s a relatively common succulent plant and flowers freely and so it’s not a rare phenomenon to see it bloom, but it’s exotic … Continue reading

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