Nature Photo Challenge, Day 1

 A photography friend nominated me to complete a nature photo challenge for the next week,...more

The New Abnormal

Wanna read something really scary? Me either, but I think we should. Here is a terrifying report on 2012 and climate change that should make any right thinking person crap their pants:...more

Which of the U.S. National Parks Have You Visited?

Have you ever visited any of the of over 400 national parks that are part of the United States National Park Service? It's one of the best ways to get a first-hand view of this beautiful country in all its variation and wonder. I've watched alligators slither through the river of grass from an air boat on the Florida Everglades. I've seen the sun rise over the dormant volcano Haleakala on Maui....more
When I was a child, my family visited Yosemite. Old Faithful left a lasting impression.    I ...more

Every Vacation MUST Include A Little "Adventure"!

Our second day in San Francisco was to be a very long one.  Our friends had never been to Yosemite National Park and since we were so close, they asked if we would mind making the trip.  We told them, "Sure!  Let's do it!"   ...more

Yosemite Deaths Shows Danger in Ignorance

The tragic deaths of three young hikers in Yosemite this week illustrate an unbelievably tired point: Humans? Not always so smart. Despite record snowfall resulting in torrential water flow, these folks were determined to have their photos taken at a picturesque point 25 feet from the edge of Vernall Falls....more

Yes, of course, it must be said. Death is unavoidable for all of us but must we invite it? Only ...more

Swept Away

It happens sometimes. Wording on a nightly news broadcast will cause my maternal instincts to kick in –not lightly but with a fierceness that is both startling and engulfing....more