Hopefully you’ve had a chance to contemplate some good intentions for the new year, and even better if they involve a commitment to being outdoors more often. Twenty twelve, after all, is not the year of “sitting behind your desk at your laptop, devising your next status update”. But being in the [...]
There are lichen that grow on rocks, organically painting their hard surfaces with a spectrum from fluorescent split pea to brick orange. Others are epiphytes, growing on branches and twigs and making them even more textured and green. Then there are some that colonize the top of a Volkswagen bus.
Yep, my daddy’s 1971 beat-up ride is [...]
Down one switchback after another. I was a bit brokenhearted. Spiritually suffering. We had turned off the John Muir Trail – our lifeline for the past ten days — about a quarter mile back. The junction marked the coming end, back to “civilization” (had
were we as good as Pterospora andromedea at stealing food, [...]
Another parasitic plant! Add this one, Monotropa uniflora (commonly called any of these variously wonderful names: Indian pipe, ghost plant, or corpse plant) to the growing list with Orobanche cooperi and Sarcodes sanguinea. Like its relative, S. sanguinea, it is also part of the Ericaceae (Heath) family.
this is what's going on in [...]
I was weary from my life at sea level, and so took to the mountains a couple weeks ago for a writing retreat offered through San Francisco State’s Sierra
on Highway 49 between Sattley and Bassetts
Nevada Field Campus. Yes, there is such a thing (isn’t that cool?), and it’s [...]
pooting putridity: compare to 3/4 inch-long redwood cone on left for an idea of size
I came across my third stinkhorn (species unknown, Order: Phallales) of the season, initially thinking from the corner of my eye it was a doggie chew-toy rather than a very bizarre mushroom . Before last January, I’d only [...]
“Oh my god! Oh my god! No way! It’s RIGHT HERE! Holy sheeeeettttt!”
Was I not a witch? Not to overestimate manifestation powers or anything, but had I not just said, barely 15 seconds before, that I was bummed because after three days in Anza-Borrego State Park I’d failed to encounter a plant [...]