Category Archives: American West

Snow Story

I have to share a video (see below for YouTube link): please watch billy barr’s deeply moving short story of snow. It’s a Gothic tale of a man living in a cabin in the woods, in winter – all those … Continue reading

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Ice Thoughts: 2

Study in Ice, Rock and Water. Southern Greenland seen from 36000 feet. Photo © Susan Oliver. Like the white ghost of a glacier the mists advance, riding over phalanxes of tamarack, sliding across bog meadows heavy with dew. A single silence … Continue reading

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Seeing beyond the Sandhill Cranes: a trip from Eastern Wyoming into Nebraska.

A sense of time lies thick and heavy on such a place . . . . The cranes stand, as it were, upon the sodden pages of their own history. Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (1949). On … Continue reading

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City of Trees: Boise, Idaho and an Urban Natural Experience.

White pine in the rain. Boise, April 2014. ‘A large tree on the west side of a residential home can save up to $48 per year in electricity and natural gas use.’ ‘Urban trees remove 581 tons of air pollutants … Continue reading

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Hot Springs, Atomic Cities, and Craters of the Moon . . . on the Road in Idaho

‘Our heated sidewalks and dressing room floors keep your toes toasty warm, even on the coldest of nights.’ (www.lavahotsprings.com). ‘Welcome to the sagebrush steppe’ (information board, roadside rest area near Atomic City). ‘We’re praying for rain. There was hardly any … Continue reading

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Sage Grouse Lekking and Canyon Fiction.

Green River at Green River City, where John Wesley Powell’s Grand Canyon expedition was launched. The grey-green sagebrush steppe and yellow and red rock canyons are two of the most contrastive, distinctive, colorful environments of the North American West. Arid … Continue reading

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