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Rafts of Dreaming Birds

Originally published at The Wild Beat in 2013 I stepped out of a mist and I knew I am. I am what I am. And then I thought, 'But what have I been before?' And then I found that I had been in a mist, not knowing to differentiate myself from things; I was just one thing among many things." ~ Carl Jung, The Red Book I used to think about Jung and bird [...]

2019-06-25T21:22:22+00:00February 14th, 2018|@Popular Posts, Blog|5 Comments

Of Lizards and Lichens and Land

This photo was taken a number of years back by my mate's cousin, to show the true perspective as we hiked atop the rock strata of Canyonlands in Utah. Here, the youngest layer of geologic deposits is a million years old — built upon shales, sandstones and clays in plateaus and stairsteps hundreds of millions of years old, some still imprinted with dinosaur tracks, some coated in living, cryptobiotic soil that nourishes and [...]

2019-02-01T18:58:13+00:00January 15th, 2017|@Popular Posts, Blog|0 Comments

On Cricket Time, Not Mine

I was reminded of this poem tonight, by a cricket who hopped on my knee. It's a poem that takes a while the first time you see it ... a nonsensical staircase of letters by e.e. cummings: r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r ~  by e.e. cummings It's nonsensical until you learn, as OxfordWords blog explains, that e.e. cummings is presenting a "grasshopper in flight in a jumble of letters, mimicking the moment when it transforms from a jumping streak back into the [...]

2019-02-12T07:47:14+00:00August 8th, 2014|@Popular Posts, Blog, Insects|6 Comments

North American Beaver … Eating Lily Pads Like Enchiladas

It's like waiting for a geyser to erupt ... or an eclipse. There's a start time to this endeavor. At 6:45p, we're told, a North American beaver or two (or more) will swim into this stew of lily pads and systematically take them down for dinner. They have a lodge not far away, this family of four. It's plain good fortune on our part, taking a spontaneous walk on the shoreline trail, that we encounter a local [...]

2019-02-01T20:59:44+00:00May 13th, 2014|@Popular Posts, Blog|11 Comments

Spa Day for a Night Heron

... at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California I originally named this portrait "Standing Room Only." I'd never seen a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) creep chest-high into a pool -- then just stand there forever like a Japanese snow monkey. This pose made me laugh as I watched the heron soak up the swirls of his own private day spa. One of my Facebook friends wrote, "what is this lil man doing?" That comment captured [...]

2019-02-01T01:09:57+00:00March 5th, 2014|@Popular Posts, Blog|13 Comments

Living in Your Own Private Cryosphere

Albedo is the reflectivity of the earth's surface. Ice, white and bright, has a high albedo, reflecting back the sun on itself, whereas water draws the solar radiation deep into its hues. Water is always in flux, mutable -- liquid, vaporous, frozen -- evaporating, condensing and expanding. This fluidity of form and purpose fuels life with its hydrological rhythms. And, it stores life, even as deep as 4000 meters below the East Antarctic ice [...]

2019-02-01T01:25:27+00:00December 12th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|9 Comments

The White and the Blue [Birds]

First there was Blue. She came to us from the great blue, the wild blue, as blue as Lightin' Slim, singing pigeon blues, not Rooster Blues. She came on banded foot, born of two other Blues who gave our Blue her azul feathers and fuchsia feet ... in a lineage that swept back through the blueness of her grandparents and past the great grandparents before them. They all commanded the skies and taught Blue, [...]

2019-02-01T01:27:05+00:00November 20th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|23 Comments

Fly Away Home (and Safe) … on crippling rates in duck hunting

This is my annual re-post -- on the first weekend of waterfowl hunting season in both Washington (where I'm living now) and California (my home). I've been lightly tweaking the post each year, adding new information or links.My reason for re-posting this piece is to bring attention to some of the lesser discussed aspects of duck hunting. The most significant issue for me is the enormous injury rate in all wing shooting -- a facet [...]

2019-02-01T02:27:45+00:00October 20th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|36 Comments

Gull Chicks and Gateway Birds

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."~ Artist Georgia O'Keeffe Gulls are among the birds I call "gateway birds." They're common and accessible. They [...]

2019-02-01T02:37:15+00:00August 1st, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|22 Comments

The Magical Mystery Tour of Tent Caterpillars

When I saw the first signs of tent caterpillars outside our flat, I kept the sighting to myself. We have a neighbor, a home owner just up the hill who screams at crows -- and who dead-heads her plants to the point of denuding them. I knew if she saw this tiny tent on the fir tree, she'd make short work of the squirmers inside. This spring we had what's called an "outbreak" of [...]

2019-02-01T02:41:39+00:00July 14th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|11 Comments

Herons + Friends With Totipalmate Feet

It begins with a twig in the bill and the throaty croak of the swamp. They're creatures of the marshes, the Great Blues, now on ascent to a season in the trees where nests incubate eggs, and where clumsy young legs will soon dawdle on branches until they get their wings. They call this place the satellite colony, since the rest of the rookery is tucked in a ravine so lush it might as [...]

2019-02-01T21:14:44+00:00April 5th, 2013|@Popular Posts, Blog|5 Comments