Out of Place

Jul 13, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Out of Place

You can still see a thick cable laying along an old logging road left over from a harvest conducted in the late 1980s. The cable will be here until rust cuts its way to the core, but I am amazed at how much the road bed has narrowed from encroaching foliage.  This trail to EchoRead more …

Deserted

Jul 8, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Deserted

Today the desert lives up to its namesakes—dry and deserted. Summer sun is evaporating what little moisture remains in the soil and plants are withering into dust. A few hardy asters peek out from their low growing foliage, but they will be gone in a day or two. Every plant sends seeds into the windRead more …

Recovery

Jul 4, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recovery

The Riley Ranch Nature Preserve is somewhat of an oddity within the city limits of Bend. Odd, because it represents a rare decision by a recreation-driven agency to allow nature the opportunity to recover somewhat from the effects of past development. Rather than taking a parcel of land and crafting into a park exclusively forRead more …

Beyond Name and Form

Jun 26, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Beyond Name and Form

We have a habit of assigning names to things. Being a student of wildflowers, I marvel at all the common and Latin names given to plants. Those who hike with me sometimes roll their eyes when I spout off strange syllables assigned to a flower. But I find it brings a plant to life inRead more …

Sacred Toxins

Jun 25, 2018 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sacred Toxins

It looks out of place. Dark green arrow-shaped leaves, woody stems, huge blossoms, and spiky fruits look like they would be more comfortable in a Southwest arroyo. But here it is, growing out of a basalt outcropping along the John Day river in northern Oregon. It turns out to be a datura plant that isRead more …