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beauty shows up

Valley of FireNear Las Vegas, Nevada Beauty shows up in the thorniest of places down unthreaded paths and up in unreachable stretches like you, in this world of all possible worlds and your light, your light is the light of the ages - miguel an gel gomez

Holts Run Road… Again!

It’s new every time, because we hike it differently every time. This time, we went “backwards.” And by going backwards it was much easier to find the old Holts Run Road. We followed it to the beaver pond that is close to Crick’s Run. As we arrived, it started to snow. So pretty! These tracks […]

The Royal Welch Fusiliers: A literary regiment

10 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

Phil Carradice on how the Royal Welch Fusiliers British Army regiment has produced a disproportionately high number of writers compared to other regiments.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl By: Pat Coate This long-eared owl was another life bird added to my list with grateful assistance from Jim Adams ( The owl was seen at Oatka Creek Park, Monroe County, NY. The prominent ear-tufts give the long-eared owl a similar appearance to the great horned owl, though its tufts are more towards […]

Caerphilly - more than just a big cheese

10 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

The town of Caerphilly, even the county borough in which it is now situated, is inextricably linked to the massive Medieval castle that stands in the centre of the community.

More signs of Spring!

10 months agoHobbies / Nature : Somewhere in NJ

Out with the cold, in with the woo. ~E. Marshall, "Spring Thought" A hike this afternoon at Arabia Mountain (my favorite local place!) led to a couple good finds. A very brave Jay scooped up this gelatinous mass of salamander eggs(?) from a vernal pool for me to poke and squirm at. Show More Summary

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail By: Pat Coate Many thanks to Jim Adams ( for recently helping me add a couple life birds to my list. One was this Virginia Rail, seen at Mendon Ponds Park near Rochester, NY. Normally a secretive bird, this one was easier to find than usual due to a shortage of open water […]

The Ides of March

11 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

For Caesar, it foretold the day of his assassination. For me, the 15th of March may be a bright, sunny day foretelling spring, a blizzard concluding winter, or, most likely, something in between. So it was on March 15, 2013.

climb a mountain to wash her spirit clean

Mouse Tank TrailValley of Fire - Nevada ©trryan - February 2014 This is my 83 year old cousin hiking with me on the Mouse Tank Trail in Nevada's Valley of Fire. In the words of John Muir - she likes to "climb a mountain to wash her spirit...Show More Summary

Some birds of St. James’s Park, London

White Pelicans By: Pat Coate While in England traveling with my daughter we spent a day in London. We took the train into Waterloo Station and spent the day walking all over taking in the sights – Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Eye, Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery, and Trafaglar Square. Despite […]

Behind the scenes of Iolo's Welsh Sea

11 months agoHobbies / Nature : Wales Nature

Iolo's Welsh Sea producer John Gwyn takes us behind the scenes when the team filmed sharks for the last episode in the series.

The Gorge!

We had to park up near the first campsite and walk down the rest of Hannum Road. We saw evidence that people had been down there along the Westside Overland Trail on snow shoes and skis. But no one had been down the path to the creek in some time. I couldn’t help thinking about […]

sermon on the mount

Calico BasinRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©trryan - March 2014 The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we will ever need--if only we had the yes to see. Show More Summary

American Woodcock sighting

Last week on one of the warm days, I went up on our land in the utility vehicle to collect manure for the garden. On the way back, I took the old logging road through the woods. All of a sudden a bird flew up in front of the vehicle....Show More Summary

In Search of Robin Hood…Robins and a few other birds of Sherwood Forest

Robin By: Pat Coate Had a marvelous opportunity to spend two weeks in Great Britain traveling with my daughter. One stop was in the Sherwood Forest/Nottingham area – the land of Robin Hood. Whether fact or fiction, we had lots of fun walking through hallowed Sherwood Forest, visiting Nottingham Castle and Ye Olde Trip to […]

a light left on

Photographed at La Mamounia HotelRoom #106Marrakech, Morocco In the evening we came backInto our yellow room,For a moment taken abackTo find the light left on,Falling on silent flowers,Table, book, empty chairWhile we had gone elsewhere,Had...Show More Summary


11 months agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

We're riding a weather roller-coaster here in the swamp. One day it's freezing cold, the next it's balmy and bright. We experienced a couple of warm days in a row last week and of course took the opportunity to get out and see who and what was enjoying the respite along with us.Our first stop was a hibernacula-rich area just down the road. Show More Summary

Trout lilies, by the millions

11 months agoHobbies / Nature : Somewhere in NJ

We very purposefully stumbled upon the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve near Cairo GA this past weekend. Cairo (pronounced like the famous syrup) is not a place that you can easily stumble upon... it's really in the middle of nowhere.Show More Summary

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