The lesser nighthawks are back. They fly in the evening, as the air temperature cools just enough to lure flying insects from the shade. My first summer…
I’m kind of blown out of the water this month after learning that my old friend Phil Klasky has died. I met Phil in the early 1990s when he walked into…
Personal note: What a couple of weeks it’s been! I had to triage my waking life schedule and the issue of this newsletter I owed you last weekend didn’t…
There is a moment when the evening sky in the east stratifies into bands of different color. It is as if each section of the atmosphere has a different…
So April is here, right on schedule as always, and with her comes the balmy Spring weather to which the Mojave Desert will apparently need to become…
Went for a hike yesterday, the first moderately long one since my injury, and as I was mindful of maximizing exercise while minimizing reinjury I picked…
Here’s how you replenish the Earth: you carry a long-handled shovel out into the incinerated desert. You might be asked to carry it a mile out and back…
Today was about edges. Fifteen minutes after leaving home I texted back: “It is raining in Joshua Tree.” There had been flawless blue sky at home. Her…
Amazing how the old reflexes come back. What has it been, 30 years? 35? Quite a number of years since the last time I semiconsciously calculated my…
Before we start, a note: I know that it’s sometimes jarring to get email from a list to which you’ve subscribed using the free option and find that…
Folks, I am angry
Grandmother tree. Messenger from the time of mastodons. You bear witness to a desert that has grown past you. You observe from the ledge to which you…