Nature as art

It was 100 degrees in Houston today.  Did you hear me?  ONE HUNNID DEGREES.  And it's just JUNE.  It's been like this for the past week or so, and there seems to be no end in sight -- just sunshine and heat for days on end.  I shudder to think what July and August are going to be like around here. As a result, everything is starting to turn a dismaying shade of brown.  Personal lawns are still somewhat green (as we rack up our water bills), but the wild woods and other green spots are beginning to struggle.  People are staying indoors in the airconditioned coolness.  It's hard to enjoy nature when it's baking outside -- we Houstonians will wait until late September when it starts to cool down again, thank you very much. Luckily for us, I've noticed a trend in art lately:  incorporating imagery and lines borrowed from nature in prints and other beautiful decorative arts.   These beautiful pieces might be just the things to surround yourself when you can't bear to get outside in harsh or inclement weather. ...more

Sidewalk Art

For Mother's Day, It's Swarming Termites

I wish I could say that I moved back to Louisiana, bought a nice house on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, and now sit on my porch in the evenings drinking Mint Juleps as I'm fanned by a sexy, shirtless man. But that's not what happened. This summer I will have been back in the New Orleans metropolitan area for nearly two years and what do I have to show for it? Lizards, tree frogs, black snakes, and swarming termites for Mother's Day. ...more

I guess you just had a bad day if you had to deal with those swarming termites. The video you ...more

Happy Birthday Earth Day!

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." - Rachel Carson ...more

Earth Day 2009! Top tips to make it easy being Green.

Tomorrow, April 22 is Earth Day! ...more

Poetry Friday: Alice Pettway

Alice Pettway's chapbook, Barbed Wire and Bedclothes, is forthcoming from Spire Press, Inc. later this year. She is a former Lily Peter Fellow, Raymond L. ...more

Look Into It

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams ...more

An Inspiring Green Dream

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ...more

National Wildlife Week nature activities for kids

There aren't a lot of holidays or celebrations in the year that have to do with wildlife. Oh sure, we had Groundhog Day last month, but isn't that over in about 15 minutes, tops? We think about reindeer at Christmas (but it's a stretch), and sometimes bats for Halloween. But this week, Monday through Friday, is National Wildlife Week. So no animals will get left out. It's a push by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage wildlife awareness and love for nature. ...more

Cultural Perception and Nature

One of the best definitions of nature I’ve found is from the Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. ...more