Lilac

1. Lilac

May Night The spring is fresh and fearlessAnd every leaf is new,The world is brimmed with moonlight,The lilac brimmed with dew. Here in the moving shadowsI catch my breath and sing —My heart is fresh and fearlessAnd over-brimmed with...
The Crystal Field

2. The Crystal Field

The air is blue and keen and coldAnd in a shining sheath enrolled.Each branch, each twig, each blade of grassSeems clad miraculously with glass. This poem is a modification of “A Crystal Forest” by William Sharp from the book:...
Lichen

3. Lichen

Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen (Excerpt) BY LEW WELCH All these years I overlooked them in theracket of the rest, thissymbiotic splash of plant and fungus feedingon rock, on sun, a little moisture, air —tiny acid-factories...
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The Crystal Field

The Crystal Field
The air is blue and keen and coldAnd in a shining sheath enrolled.Each branch, each twig, each blade of grassSeems clad miraculously with glass. This poem is a modification of “A Crystal...

Lichen

Lichen
Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen (Excerpt) BY LEW WELCH All these years I overlooked them in theracket of the rest, thissymbiotic splash of plant and fungus feedingon rock, on sun, a little...

Sky Lakes

Sky Lakes
High in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, south of Crater Lake National Park is Sky Lakes Wilderness. There are many beautiful high mountain lakes in the Wilderness, thus the name. Here are panoramic...

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

Outdoor recreation is an important contributor to the U.S. economy. In this article, you will learn the size of that contribution.

Where to Hike?

Where to Hike?

Looking for a great place to hike, but don’t have a clue? Here are four ways to discover your new favorite trail.

Ibis on the Farm

Ibis on the Farm
One of the interesting things about living on a farm is that farm operations can briefly change environmental conditions. Wildlife reacts immediately to these changes. When we cut our grass hay, the...

Nobles Emigrant Trail

Nobles Emigrant Trail
In 1851, William Nobles founded a new route to California through lands of the Northern Paiute Tribe. The new trail left the Applegate Trail at Black Rock Springs in Nevada, crossed the Black Rock...

Sauntering

Sauntering
There is a fourth lesson of the trail. It is one which John Muir taught me .  There are always some people in the mountains who are known as “hikers.” They rush over the trail at...

National Parks During a Government Shutdown

National Parks During a Government Shutdown
National Park Shutdown National Parks in the U.S.A. are usually open 365 days a year.  When legislators and the President fail to fund the operations of government, the Park Service furloughs...

The Dangers of Hiking

The Dangers of Hiking

Sometimes I answer questions posed by members of Quora.  Here is one question and my answer:
What are the most common, likely dangers facing hikers in North America?

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