Climber finds jewels worth over $300,000

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My climbing partner and I once stumbled upon an outcropping of crystals at 9,000 feet and I thought that was pretty cool. Here’s yet another reason to get outside and look for pretty things:

I’m not sure I would have given them over to the “authorities,” but good on him for the honesty. Perhaps karma will return him some treasure.

Cosmic Patterns


Fractal – “Mandelbrot Set”

Nearly twenty years ago in Design class, I embarked on a project to recognize patterns in nature. I called it Natural Symmetry. I rubbed tree rings, drew leaf veins, and photographed dewy spider webs. The gist being that nature in birth, life or growth, and death follows a pattern that has definite form, but is never completely symmetrical. Balanced, yes. Rigid, no. Continue reading

Busy, busy; the end of spaciousness?

This week I’ve been working two jobs, dawn to dusk. That hasn’t left a lot of room for appreciation of the natural world or contemplation within an inner one. (Not to mention writing). There’s been barely enough time to notice what new is blooming in the yard; let alone, go for a hyke. Continue reading

Nearest trail to home, a survivor

We live in an area of the city that is zoned “light industrial.” This basically means there are businesses, usually on the arterials, mixed in with residences. Within two blocks of our house are: a hardware store, vet, grocery, chiropractor, brewery, bakery, barber, produce market, and trophy shop. (We only go there to buy eggs when our chooks aren’t laying, but that’s too hard to explain). Continue reading

Landscaping retirement?

I’ve shredded over a dozen pair of Carhartts over the years. Yeah, they are tough pants, to begin with, but with my line of work, inevitably end up compost. Its like they just reach a point one day and disintegrate right then, right there, on your person. Continue reading