Backyard Geese

Fred and Ethel* are back for their twelfth season.  They are a pair of Canada geese who have been raising their families on my pond year after year.  In the spring, when the flocks of geese begin to stopover on their trip north, Fred and … Continue readingBackyard Geese

Searching for Silica: An Interview with the Curator of Ohio’s Largest Sand Collection

Most collections start innocently enough.  A person finds something that brings them joy, and then they want more of it. In this day and age of minimalism and decluttering, don’t discount the happiness that a carefully curated collection can bring.  I sat down for a … Continue readingSearching for Silica: An Interview with the Curator of Ohio’s Largest Sand Collection

Kehoe Beach Trail

From the roadside three-quarters of a mile from Kehoe beach, I can hear the rhythmic crashing of the waves.  There’s a High Surf Advisory for the coast at the trailhead. The warning posted notes “breaking waves 15-20 feet possible in the surf zone” and there’s … Continue readingKehoe Beach Trail

Hunting Herons at Point Reyes National Seashore

Gophers are everywhere in this part of Northern California.  The landscape is literally pockmarked with their holes.  Their vision is poor, living mostly underground, finding food by smell and navigating with their exquisitely sensitive whiskers.  They eat primarily grasses, shoots and roots sometimes pulling a … Continue readingHunting Herons at Point Reyes National Seashore