Out of the Blue

Jul 15, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Out of the Blue

I am hiking in a dry wash on a beautiful warm day in the high desert. Puffy clouds cast intermittent shadows over the landscape and a gusting wind cools my sweat-moistened skin. At my feet is a creamy buckwheat flower (Eriogonum ovalifolium) hosting a diminutive Anna’s blue butterfly. There are over 300 species of wildRead more …

Thundering Impression

Jul 2, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thundering Impression

Ominous slate-gray clouds fill the sky to the south of Bend as we head to Newberry Volcanic National Monument. We plan to hike the short trail through the lava flow to discover resilient wildflowers that peek out of the cindery soil. When we arrive at the visitor center, thunder rattles overhead and moisture laden cloudsRead more …

Bunny Bodhisattva

Jun 27, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bunny Bodhisattva

The mountain cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii) has a unique habit of evading predators. It runs for only a couple of yards and freezes, perhaps camouflaged in a clump of sagebrush. If a predator continues to pursue, the rabbit hops away in a semi-circular path to try and trick them. In this moment, I watch a cottontailRead more …

Accidental Enlightenment

Jun 22, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Accidental Enlightenment

As we drive a winding narrow dirt road into the Greenhorn Mountains of northeast Oregon, we come to a cattle guard and a “no trespassing” sign. Realizing there is no place to turn around, we have to venture into the private property to find a wider spot to redirect our truck. I find an areaRead more …

Skullcup/Skullcap

Jun 13, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Skullcup/Skullcap

On either side of the Buddha statue on our altar, near his folded knees, stand two symbolic skullcups (kapalas) made of yellow metal. One represents the essence element of the male principle and the other represents the essence element of the female principle. Essence (thigle) is the pure light creative principle of the universe. InRead more …