Category Archives: Nature

Amputation

The Amputee My body misses something it once relied on like a leg extending support perhaps a voice proffering comfort a breeze wafting solace or a welcome shape appearing by surprise, steps away, or as a shadow at the edge … Continue reading

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Moose at the Back Door

One June evening, magic appeared at the cabin back door. This young moose peeked in the window, then lay down in the meadow to eat. Watch how he folds those impossibly long legs under him. He stayed until dark, then … Continue reading

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East Troublesome Fire

Wildfire Fire cyclone explodes across me: I am harshly bruised. Scorched life fills my senses. Shock blankets me. Does part of me still live? I wake for moments and sleep again. I dream of leaves rustling. I dream of sun’s … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2020

(See photo copyright and usage license information below.) After We Are Gone Will rivers wander ancient routes, nurturing hills and valleys of their youth? Will flowers extend scented tendrils at the sound of bees buzzing? Will the land bless its … Continue reading

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What’s Our IQ?

Intelligence            Decades ago I read a definition of intelligence that surprised and befuddled me.  “Intelligence is the ability to adapt.”*  I couldn’t accept this definition.  Wasn’t intelligence the ability to acquire and use information?  As I aged and grew … Continue reading

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Fall in the High Country

Summer in the Colorado mountains lasted precisely until the fall equinox.  Then a cool wind began to blow, heralding the new season’s arrival.  These pictures were taken that weekend. Seasons change quickly at 9,000 feet.  Three weeks later, the leaves … Continue reading

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The Secret Code of Wildlife Managers

Crack the Code In wildlife management’s secret code camouflage words disguise the deed mask the act seek to fool with false cover: kill becomes “cull”; “harvest” hides the slaughter; “remove” cloaks the crushing destruction; “service” conceals an utter annihilation.Bears, wolves, … Continue reading

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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge was an early stop on our 2-week backroads trip to Yellowstone.  This migratory bird refuge is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System.  Located in Colorado on the Green River … Continue reading

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Cloud Dreaming

with flycatcher accompaniment Great White shark cloud!  See those teeth!  

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Otter Family at Heart Lake in Yellowstone

Otter family visits our backpacking campsite at Heart Lake in Yellowstone

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