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Lilac

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 spring. Sara Teasdale

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 Forest” by William Sharp from the book: Poems by William Sharp Selected and Arranged by Mrs. William Sharp. Published by Duffield and Company, […]

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 moisture, air —tiny acid-factories dissolvingsalt from living rocks andeating them. Source: Ring of Bone: Collected Poems of Lew Welch 

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 photos of four of them:

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.

Trash Reminder

Trash Reminder

Glacier National Park recently released a reminder to those that have decided its OK to drop trash around our National Parks.

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 ground is suddenly available and various predators from eagles to owls to coyotes arrive to feast on the newly available mice. When we […]

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 Playa, passed near what is now Susanville, California and ended at Shasta City, California. It was generally considered the easiest route […]

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 high speed and take great delight in being the first to reach camp and in covering the greatest number […]

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