Nature Post #5: Hawkwing Stealth Camo

IMG_5912Moth680Sorry, combining a blog post with a Facebook part of a series of nature shots I promised--one a day for a week, now with a gap while on the road. And lots of gaps in the task list (so yes I'm up before 4a.)And while on the road just yesterday, I stopped at a service station for coffee off I-40 near Hampstead, NC yesterday at 445 a.m. for gas and coffee.You have to realize that every time I get around bright lights in a warm place at night it reminds me of … Continue Reading ››

Animated: The Spirit of Life

IMG_5887huffvilleView2The mechanics: This shot came from the parking lot of Huffville Methodist Church and was a still capture from a 15 second video inspired by the beauty of racing fingers of wind across the tall grasses. This dance between Earth and Air is one of my favorite visuals from this time of year.The take-home: My first impulse was to describe this to myself as the "animation of the grasses." And from that, I could easily follow the crumbs of this ancient Greek then Latin-derived word into all sorts of enjoyable and … Continue Reading ››
Cover back and front, Slow Road Home version 1 launch on April 26, 2006
Cover back and front, Slow Road Home version 1 launch on April 26, 2006
I offer the following as exhibit A in testimony to support the claim I make that, for months, I have been in a distracted, unproductive, disconnected funk:I missed the ten year anniversary of the publication of Slow Road Home  (read: the drop-shipment of 1000 books to my back porch) on April 26, 2006.Failing to notice such a major life milestone is not … Continue Reading ››

Volunteer Unknowns

PastureAsters680We could see this patch of white from the front porch, at some distance towards the back narrows of the pasture.On our next walk-about, we made a point to veer that way through the knee-high wet grass to see if it was just a patch of white fleabane or chrysanthemums we are used to seeing in the pasture and along its edges.But no. It is an aster, to be sure-with yellow-maturing to gold disk flowers and un-notched ray flowers, a hairy stem, dark tipped bracts. There should be enough features to … Continue Reading ››


DSC_3951-campion3_680"Only that day dawns to which we are awake" said Mr. Thoreau.And of course, this phrase from the very end of Walden will mean different things to different folks.I liked it enough that I ask Ann to make a cross-stitch sampler for me in the mid-seventies. Turns out this important era in environmental history marked my own "waking up."I liked the phrase enough that, when I began to wonder if I had a third book in me, I titled it "Only That Day Dawns" and was still thinking about an appropriate subtitle when … Continue Reading ››
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