Ever Heard of Mammatus Clouds?

I looked out my window yesterday morning and caught sight of these awesome, eerie clouds! Apparently, my coworkers were looking at the same clouds over at the library because the email that greeted me when I got to work in the afternoon said the clouds they’d seen in the morning had been identified as Mammatus… Read more »

Beach Stone Hot Spot: Lodi Point, Seneca Lake, New York

Getting to look for beach stone in new places is my favorite part of taking a vacation! (Don’t get me wrong, my cousin’s wedding in Rochester last weekend was beautiful and fun and I had an amazing time dancing/talking/laughing with my 12 cousins and my aunts and uncles!) But ever since I got a tip… Read more »

Nature Photographs: Out Fishing and at Home

I’m lost when I forget my phone at home! Not because I can’t stand to be away from the internet or out of touch with the world, but because I wouldn’t have a camera with me to capture those wonder moments that jump out at me when I’m least expecting it. Here’s a collection of… Read more »

Take Better Nature Photographs by Cultivating the Right State of Mind

Finding interesting, photo worthy nature moments is more about the state of mind you bring to nature than about what’s out there waiting for you! I’ve found that the optimal state of mind for nature photography is the same one I cultivate when looking for rocks for my natural jewelry or when looking for clothes… Read more »

Book Review: The Forest Unseen – A Year’s Watch in Nature

I love science books that read like fiction books! This one, The Forest Unseen, was written by a biologist, David George Haskell, on his experiences watching a “mandala” circle of old growth, Tennessee forest for a whole year. Each chapter centers around something that he sees happening in the mandala on a certain day and… Read more »

Cool Stuff I’ve Seen On My Walks

I always take my cell phone with me on walks, but not as a safety precaution. I like having it so that I can photograph those unexpected, funny and amazing things I see when I’m out and about. It’s like I’m collecting moments! It happens a lot more when spring’s creeping in because there’s just… Read more »

7 Hard-to-Kill Houseplants

I have a habit of wanting to nurture more houseplants than I really have time for, so while I don’t endorse the abuse of indoor plants, I have truly come to appreciate the species that are hardiest and can withstand a little (accidental) neglect. And what better time than now, in the middle of this… Read more »

We Started Building our House in Mexico!

My husband and I had a great time visiting his family in Mexico over Christmas-time! They live down near Salvatierra, Guanajuato in a little tiny rancho nestled up against an dormant volcano called el Cerro de Culiacan. The mountain is so much a part of their daily lives! So, the whole dream thing is for… Read more »

Natural Favorites: Hickory

You can do so much with a hickory tree! The wood is really great for woodworking and excellent for burning (hickory wood burns the hottest of our native hardwoods!) Hickory trees are also a source of food! If you can get lucky and find the right tree, that is. Yesterday, I thought I’d found the… Read more »