Nature

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

It was a short walk from my hotel to breakfast at Cafe Pascal’s, right on Santa Fe Plaza–the heart of downtown. This is a popular place so centrally located, dressed to the nines in New Mexican flair, and with awesome service.  I had to doorbust […]

<b>Repost from 12 years ago!</b> My Letter To Leopold, bcc: Muir

Repost from 12 years ago! My Letter To Leopold, bcc: Muir

Dear Aldo, I write to you from an abandoned farm in an indescript rural town about 15 miles or so from Interstate-80, the massive throughway that stretches from New York to California. Yes, our great country is completely engulfed in a web of asphalt now […]

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Today I heading back north from Roswell, New Mexico towards Albuquerque, I came upon these two cowboys having a squabble across Highway 285.  Now, if I pulled over for everything that piqued my interest on the road, I would never get anywhere!  Colors, textures, abandoned […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My 23rd National Park: Carlsbad Caverns. Every time I go to a new National Park I say to myself, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And it’s true, at the time. But this place, this time is just… (resisting urge to deconstruct […]

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

A visit to White Sands National Monument, 100 miles north of the Mexican border, had more enchanting views, more blue sky backdrop.  This state is so varied in its beauty.  Standing within these stark white sand dunes was a thing of fantasy.  It’s like you’re […]

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

My second day in New Mexico was absolutely beautiful. With a bright blue sky behind all I did, I ended the day sun-drunk and in awe, again, of this country, her land. I realized that I can hike devotedly for hours for the reward of […]

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Navajo Nation, is 45,000 acres of wild land: the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands. 70 million years ago the land was a river delta from an inland sea that used to flow from the present-day Arctic Ocean to […]

January’s Full Wolf Moon

January’s Full Wolf Moon

Here are the best shots of a ton by my fumbly frozen hands: the gorgeous supermoon waking up Brooklyn.  And here is that same supermoon the evening before saying goodnight. That’s all: “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” (Oscar […]

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: <b>Cardinals in the Snow</b>

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Cardinals in the Snow

I am enchanted by chubby male cardinals in the winter.  I can photo-stalk them for hours. Though my camera insists on trying to focus on the falling snowflakes, I got a few good shots. 

Bits of Winter Renewal

Bits of Winter Renewal

On the Winter Solstice our sun takes a nice long and potent look at the Tropic of Capricorn… and then turns around all poignant-like, tossing her golden rays–all resolved in beautiful definiteness.  Winter comes and she seems farther away… but really it’s just because you’re […]

Morning Perfect.

Morning Perfect.

Walking into a sunrise like this on my way to work does all kinds of things to perspective and priorities. And it makes me later than usual. What is better than a pressed, warm sandwich with your favorite morning foods within… in your hand and […]

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Nature > Pantones, Mermaiding

Art always imitates nature.  I like this fact.  It’s why I don’t often feel the need to go to an art museum.  Not to sound like some stoner or the American Beauty guy watching the plastic bag, but there is so much magic and beauty […]

Autumn in Brooklyn.

Autumn in Brooklyn.

My birthday keeps on keeping on. A gift trial of the all-vegan Petit Vour means even more creams and salves in my medicine cabinet. Driving this stretch of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway from South Slope, Brooklyn to Long Island City, Queens, I get distracted by […]

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

Birthday Outtakes, Part 1

I had the chance to stop at La Bella Pasta in Kingston, New York to score some of their vegan pasta.  Fresh made vegan pasta is a new blog reporting passion of mind. I hope as more accept plant-based as normal, other pasta makers will […]

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Birthday in Ulster County/Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

New York’s Ulster County is rich with worthy day trip destinations. And it is just far enough from the City’s hustle and bustle without being too much of a roundtrip drive. Because I have been visiting since I was in high school (My first serious […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

A Fond Farewell to Summer: I can tell you my love for you will still be strong after the selfies of summer have gone.

This is kind of how summer is… and kind how the days after summer are, too. They are potent… and in the rear view seem further away when they’re gone. Seeing pictures from the summer once the school year starts is surreal.  Time passes with a […]

A Fond Farewell to Summer: Turns of the Season

A Fond Farewell to Summer: Turns of the Season

The Farmers Markets end.  I eat dinner in my classroom on Back to School night. (Kiku Sushi) Things get organized into colorful bins… …and I spray paint other things. The sunset grows more potent, weeping for the fall of its crown. (Long Beach, New York) […]

Deconstructing Beauty

Deconstructing Beauty

I’ve begun to understand that observing the world’s beauty is my most favorite therapy.  And if you look for it, you’ll find it most everywhere. From delicate macaron feet peeking out from a soft pastel shell to the browned crisped dough of a pastry that […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

Oh, Beautiful

Oh, Beautiful

Another day in one of our nation’s national parks, my #21, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. This park, like Shenandoah, feels more like home. Though spectacular they are, the geology of the western parks in their different biomes can be almost otherworldly. There […]

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

A National Park with the opportunity for exploration of long-abandoned dilapidated cabins? That is double the pleasure for me!  Daisy Town was a resort enclave established in the early 20th century by pioneer Appalachians. The old cottages are easily accessible in the Elkmont region of Great […]

Light & Dark

Light & Dark

It’s morning in Shenandoah, and the sun overcomes its obstacles. As usual. How perfect is a morning? Fresh and potent with opportunity and intention. Never you mind what becomes of it; that’s the evening’s problem to solve. The clouds veil the light, hiding the blue, […]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

In the Blue [Shenandoah National Park]

Spoilet alert: By the end of this blog post, by the end of my day, I end up… in a cabin in the woods in the mountains within rumbling thunder, the lucky pile of wood between two very vocal mocking birds going on and on […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 3: What to Pack

Water/water thermos Mini cooler to keep your water cold Coffee thermos Sunscreen Sunglasses for sit/wait time Brimmed hat Bug spray Blanket Snacks Roll of toilet paper Cell phone & charger, though cell service will likely be jammed up Plastic champagne flute Solar glasses White towels […]