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Taking Notes in Wild Places

  In a little traveled fringe of California, in the northern most corner where sitka spruce are nearly equal to redwoods, a tsunami warning sign...

Nature: Our First Language

  I may have found a solution to happy parenting any maybe even some of the world's problems. Let kids climb trees and eat unwashed,...

The Reliably Unexpected Moments of Gardening

  Gardening is part planning, part serendipitous and 100% rewarding - in a pick yourself up by your boot straps sort of way. I love...

Serendipitous Gardening

The oddest thing happened. I was on a perfectly lovely trail run near the headlands when bits of partially eaten plants and plant parts...

Unexpected Present

This stem cutting of Lepechinia calycina, also known as Pitcher Sage, is one of my first.  Or I should say, one of my first...

Fetid Surprise

The leaves of Fetid Adder's Tongue, Scoliopus bigelovii, pop out like a beacon below the shaded cover of redwood forest canopy.  Just last week,...

Think Like a Native

It takes a certain amount of street smarts to think like a native.  Confidence, adaptability and the right flavorful pizazz help too.  But what...
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