Fungal Forays

~ nature’s clean-up crew decompose, connect, and feed fantastic fungi ~ ~ These are a few of the many mushrooms that I’ve discovered during my hiking forays through the local parks and woods. Here are a few more fun facts about our fungal friends from Dr. Robert Fogel and Patricia Rogers of the Utah State…

Time to Feed My Soul

I want to recapture my flow, passion, and zest for life. The truth is that my life is rather dull and has been for much of the last 28 years. During much of the time since leaving Boulder, I’ve been plodding along, finding moments of joy, but no lasting joy, passion, or purpose. I want…

Pond Life Dreams

~ algae-covered pond life hidden beneath the calm while dreams lie dormant ~ This has been a quiet summer for me, focused on work, volunteering, and daily life. Over the last few years, I’ve allowed my dreams to wither and become dormant. Maybe one day, the spark will be reignited. Meanwhile, I’m grateful to live…

Mushroom Mysteries

~ the fungi kingdom feed, recycle, and connect nature’s grandmother ~ Here are a few of the many mysteries of mushrooms courtesy of the BenitoLink Reporter. Did you know that fungi are the largest organism growing on the planet? They silently feed and shape the health of our soils, plants, trees, and vast ecosystems. One…

Savoring Sunsets

~ nature’s grand goodnight pause to absorb the beauty scatterings of grace ~ A recent post from fellow blogger Tania Marie reminded me of how much I love to watch sunsets. If you want to see some dazzling sunsets, I suggest visiting Tania’s sunset post. During several periods of my life, watching the sunset was…

Fantastic Flowers

~ delicate blossoms sensual shapes and colors vibrating with life nature’s beauty unfolding a symphony for the heart ~ Flowers have gotten me through many a dark time. They bring me such joy with their vibrant colors, delicate petals, sensual shapes, and ephemeral beauty. Flowers remind me to cherish the moment and give thanks for…

Summer Daze

~ summer days living in a haze relentless heat dragging my feet existential threat dripping with sweat an irritating motif longing for relief my mouth agape fantasy landscape cool mountain air a refreshing affair alpine meadows sudden joy arose ~ ~ The dog days of summer continue to drag on. Never before do I remember…

Cries in the Wilderness; Killing our Planet

Extinction of species, climate change, extreme weather events, growing poverty, pandemics, ocean acidification, desertification, endless wars, and injustice. What will wake us up to the need for changing how we live with each other and this beautiful planet? I wonder if we will wake up before there is no wilderness, clean air, clean water, or…

Soul Food

Here are more images from a hike at Devil’s Den State Park last summer when we had abundant rain. I humbly follow in the footsteps of men like John Muir who went to the woods to calm their minds and feed their souls. Naturalists, conservationists, and poets have been touting the merits of nature and…