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The patterns and textures of wild

I really enjoy going to art galleries and museums.  Without doubt, humans have the ability to create phenomenal works of art.   But in the end, I believe nature will always be the superior artist, with the rest of us trying to copy her amazing diversity of texture … Continue reading

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From a slug’s eye view

This post is probably going to be a little bit different than some of my previous posts, and if you’re at all squeamish about things soft and slimy, it is possible you should skip this post altogether.  My subject matter … Continue reading

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A leap to the dry side

I tend to think of mossy realms as existing only where the rains are plentiful and dampness settles across the landscape in misty layers.  But there are mossy realms everywhere, even in extremely dry places. I recently spent 12 days above the … Continue reading

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The secret hush of moss

I frequently write about my hikes in the morning forest and the magic of first light, but today I want to share the thrill of a late hike through forest understory at the end of a sunny day.  It is … Continue reading

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In a friendship with flowers

  I have often heard or read the phrase “He or she has a good relationship with the land.”  As I devote more and more of my free time to exploring wild places, I more deeply understand what that means.  A … Continue reading

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The magical messy mossy garden

There is simply nothing like spring here on the peninsula.  It comes early in this moderate climate and May brings a rollicking parade of colors that excite the senses like the surprise of a flock of wild macaws landing in the yard.  Azaleas … Continue reading

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Living in a tourist destination

I decided to write today about the area I draw so much of my inspiration from, the amazing place I call home, the Long Beach peninsula on the southern coast of Washington state.  I am blessed to live in an outdoor … Continue reading

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A primordial dream

I hike into the dawn forest as the sun begins to rise from behind distant hills.  This is my favorite time of day and it always feels like a special secret.  I weave beneath the trees with electric anticipation, waiting silently for the spellbinding … Continue reading

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The adventure of mystery

When I hike, I usually start out from an established trailhead, a logging road or a well worn path, but as frequently happens, somewhere along the hike some magical space snags my curious spirit and tugs me off the trail, … Continue reading

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Sunshine through mossy curtains

I left the house at 6:30 to hike the trails behind Black Lake, a picturesque freshwater lake at the southern end of the peninsula.  It is spring and each day brings new gifts to the forest.  Delicate fronds unfurl, the beautiful … Continue reading

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