Experience, Seasons

Giving Thanks For Nature: A Meditation

By Katherine Hale - Despite the concrete, compelling realities of pine-cone gall aphids, winter buds, and migrating waterfowl, I head indoors as Thanksgiving approaches, trading adventures afield for the familiar comforts of food and friends. Chopping squash and garroting cabbage, I'm preoccupied with the wonders outside, even as I think about the purpose of this… Continue reading Giving Thanks For Nature: A Meditation

Botany, Seasons

Evergreen and Everlasting: The Long March of the Lycophytes

By Julia Runcie - In the murky, humid forests of the Carboniferous Period, organisms grew to remarkable size. Dragonflies as big as Cooper’s hawks ruled the air and three-foot-long scorpions prowled the earth. The swampy water concealed beasts like the dawn tadpole, a predatory amphibian as long as a pickup truck. The canopy showcased elegant… Continue reading Evergreen and Everlasting: The Long March of the Lycophytes