If you are a fan of stargazing, do yourself a favor and check out Kristal Leonard's Yosemite night sky photography, either via her book Celestial Yosemite, or her blog: http://www.isntthatbeautiful.com/ Although the book is slight, it reads like a stargazing hors d-oeuvres, just enough to both curb and whet your appetite, satisfying you and leaving you wanting … Continue reading Book Review: Celestial Yosemite
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Hoping your First Day of Summer launches a spectacular season!
A few years ago, after my own father passed away, I decided to honor a friend on Father's Day who'd recently become a father for the second time. In other words, without my own father physically present, I symbolically celebrated Father's Day, and selected someone whose own kids were too young to pay him tribute. These … Continue reading Father’s Day (2017): The Foster Campground
Today is Flag Day in the USA. Happy Flag Day everybody! A couple of weekends ago, the US "celebrated" Memorial Day. "Celebrated" in quotes because the extent of the celebrating I know of was one friend who invited me to attend the closest local parade. Looking to join, I mapped it. Three neighborhoods (meaning "towns" … Continue reading Flag Day 2017: Star-Spangled Banner Flag House
Over a series of 19 books (as of this post), the author Nevada Barr has guided the fictional character of National Park Service employee Anna Pigeon through various adventurous mysteries, each one of them set primarily within the boundaries of a national park, a national monument, etc. Rather than review one or more of the books (which … Continue reading Book Review: Anna Pigeon Series
Nature does not turn out her work according to a single pattern; she prides herself upon her power of variation. ~ Seneca the Younger Nature is so delightful and abundant in its variations that there would not be one that resembles another, and not only plants as a whole, but among their branches, leaves and … Continue reading Wednesday Words on the Wild: Patterns vs. Variations
An oft highlighted feature of Lassen Volcanic National Park, referenced in every description I've so far read about the park, includes a version of this claim: Represented in the park are all four types of volcanoes found in the world--shield, composite, cinder cone, and plug dome. ~ NPS Website: Lassen Volcanic National Park In contrast, check out … Continue reading Volcanic Storytelling: Introduction