environment

On Calling Congress

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in environment, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

On Calling Congress

Calling my elected officials, ugh. I have to take the time, make the time, be stern with myself. Honestly, it’s worse than dieting.

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Happy World Environment Day

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in environment, holiday, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Happy World Environment Day

I didn’t know there was a World Environment Day, but, hey, we certainly need one these days! Enjoy...

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Marching on Washington

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in environment, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Marching on Washington

So I’m getting ready to travel down to Washington, DC for the Women’s March, and my mother is shaking her head. “Why are you going to all this trouble?” she inquired. “What good will it do? Trump’s not going to run in terror when he sees you girls coming, you know.” I rolled my eyes, but you know, she kind of had a point. “Why am I doing this?” I asked myself frequently during the seven-hour drive on crowded highways. “What’s the point?” I sighed as I checked into the overpriced motel. “Is it worth it?” I asked as I jammed myself onto a subway car packed like a sardine tin, the...

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Solstice: Tracking the Sun

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in environment, Unmowed Blog, winter | 1 comment

Solstice: Tracking the Sun

Photographer Bill Bailey explains: “It is a pinhole photo I made by putting a piece of photographic enlarging paper in a soft drink can with a pinhole.”

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Yellowstone Hot Springs: Extremophiles

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in environment, nature centers, summer, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Yellowstone Hot Springs: Extremophiles

It’s the weirdest thing I ever saw. A hole in the ground, filled with water. The most beautiful crystal clear water, turquoise and lovely as a swimming pool. It looks cool and inviting—but it’s hot. Incredibly, insanely hot. This clear water is steaming and bubbling with the heat from molten rock surging up from the earth’s core. Yellowstone National Park is dotted with these bizarre holes in the ground. Geysers and hot springs and pools. Old Faithful, of course, the reliably spectacular geyser, but also a host of pools and puddles, some no bigger than a good-sized kitchen sink. And they...

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Birch Forest: The Lungs of the Earth

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in environment, leaves, Sweden, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Birch Forest: The Lungs of the Earth

The sub-alpine birch forest, in Abisko National Park in the northernmost part of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle. Last fall, I happened to visit at a rare time of sunshine, and in the low rays of the autumn light the leaves were pure gold.

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