unknown species all over Costa Rica. check out the pink, petal-like "bracts" (modified leaves) and the tiny star-shaped flowers.
Beauty’s in the eye of the beholder.
Yep, just started this post with a cliche. Forgive me, or don’t.
For instance, I’ll be hiking Mt. Sutro with a friend, who will say, “Oh, this [...]
There are lots of beautiful wildflowers along the John Muir Trail. It’s a wilderness that requires a permit for humans to enter, and there was heavy duty snowfall into mid-June this year. So of course there were still blossoms aplenty even into mid-September. But the award for the cutest flower easily goes to Cassiope [...]
Visualize, in your best meditative trance, your home filled with all the commodities you consume everyday, as if those convenient collections euphemized as “landfills” did not exist. And not just the products themselves, but also the packaging that once so lovingly enveloped them, as well as the emissions, probably toxic, that were created in [...]
I heart the wilderness.
Having recently been exclusively, blissfully in the wilderness for a full two weeks, upon return I’ve been feeling uncharacteristically unimpressed by the natural world. My heavy-metal heart’s been pumping a little weakly, as well. This could be regarded as a big bummer, or instead considered an irresistible opportunity to [...]
Walking down the north side of Highway 49, I joyously realized a pile of nuts awaited from my otherwise drained butter pecan milkshake. I smiled at my unexpected good fortune, and flung off the lid to let a deluge of sticky pecans grace my face. I looked toward the boggy side of the road. [...]
If you don’t know the John Muir quote “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,” from his 1911 book, My First Summer in the Sierra, you’re not paying attention. But think: there’s “knowing” as in, Oh, I’ve heard that before, versus the [...]
truly traditional roses — the garden-variety, only five-petaled kind — are still pretty sexy
Answer? Tulips on your organ….!
Gotta love florist humor — that 3:00 a.m., two-inch stack of bouquet orders and standing in a pile of stems and leaves deliriousness. But truly, having devoted almost a dozen Valentine’s Days to cleaning [...]