A Boot-ist Meditation

Alone at the table I sit, pen-in-hand, remembering. I'm writing a eulogy. For my boots. They were my best, most rugged pair of fire boots: Danners, with thick rubber soles and knowing, thorned-in scratches. Victims of a brutal crime: an unannounced cleaning spree at my parents' house. It is a eulogy, also, to the migratory …

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There Is A Mountain

“The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.” ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild There is a mountain in Yellowstone called Everts. Well, actually it is more of a ridge, but it’s named as a mountain. Today there is no formal trail over Mt. Everts, though old maps show the past existence of a trail. The …

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The Nature Shelf

It all started with a sycamore ball...then an acorn, an oak leaf turning, a wisp of goldenrod. Just one or two small treasures at a time, laid out on a porcelain tray on a bookshelf near the old cord phone. I was living in Washington, D.C., apartment-sharing near Capitol Hill with a woman in her …

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Yellowstone through New Eyes

'"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."        --Will Durant    The first week of August, I was fortunate enough to get into a Yellowstone Forever field seminar taught by Lisa Morgan, volcanologist/geologist extraordinaire. Lisa has just retired from the USGS, and has an impressive resume of volcanic research, with …

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Agents of Change

A fellow wildlife biologist once told me that if you don’t write it down, it’s like it never happened. Throughout my career I have filled dozens of notebooks detailing my observations of all things wild. I’ve transcribed those notes onto data sheets, which I then entered into databases. Those databases were ultimately backed up on …

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July in Yellowstone and the Beartooths

Refuse to accept the belief that your professional relevance, career success or financial security turns on the next update on the latest technology. Sometimes it's good to put the paddle down and just let the canoe glide.                              Simon Mainwaring lJuly 2017: …

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