Brian Head Burning

A picture I took last night on a ridge above Brian Head, UT tells of a much deeper tale than just another forest fire.  Brian Head lies at about 9700 feet in elevation with lush and verdant streams decorated by elegant blooms of wildflowers while aspen trees quake in the breeze.  The land is damp, Read More…

An Examined Life

Socrates said it with a respectful shout to the world and he is right.  And yet we look at what he prescribes and wonder why that very prescription is so wrought with toil, struggle and pain.  Is he suggesting that yet ignorance may be in fact blissful, such mental comfort is truly not the answer.  Plato Read More…

Nature and God

I have spent years traveling to the National Parks and connecting to nature in the most intimate of ways. I can sit for hours and just feel the moment in these extraordinary places. Whether it is deserts like Death Valley, deep forest like Redwood, alpine like Rocky Mountain, or spaces like Acadia with lakes, ocean, Read More…

A Look Back

As I look back on the past two years, I see a path of promise, speculation, and passion.  One might say, where did it all go?  Where is it all going?  And, you just ended up where you started, teaching classes of teens in a middle school.  To the latter, yes I am teaching in Read More…

Politics Aside

If I put the current politics of the farcical aside, I might be able to feel a sense of comfort.   But, after almost two years of this crazy election cycle, I have heard almost nothing about the climate, nature, preservation, or our real world.  The hyperbole and insults have taken over honest and real Read More…

Genesis 1

In the beginning God …  honestly that is all we need to know.  And if we had the infinite capacity of God’s bounds, we would not need more, but Adam in his haste, ok with Eve too, ate that damn apple so we have to face the reality of knowing more.  And forever we are Read More…

On Another Memorial Day

Paying homage to those who have served in the military is a right and needful thing to do as any nation.  Even if one is against the idea of war, or sees the world in a pacific arrangement, it is still an honor to honor those who went and did a service that so many Read More…

Returning to Los Angeles

Every time I return to Los Angeles there is a silent moan in my heart.  I get a feeling that I have to be here rather than want to be here.  About half my time is traveling to places that are locked in with nature’s abundance.  Here in the megalopolis its different.  Its about people Read More…

On the Road

I am heading out upon my biannual road trip to North Dakota to pick up my son at his University for the summer.  There is something amazing about a road trip.  I generally travel alone; but then again, I kind of travel as a way of life.  During this road trip I have things in my Read More…

On a Cloudy Day in May

The old saying about May flowers is true; and, I know this because I have been out in the local hills and mountains photographing them in their delicate beauty over the past couple weeks.  The sun shines with the cool springtime breeze that moves over the land and the little flowers dance on their green Read More…