the stars align

My Shot of the Day – The Stars Align – June 1, 2015

  I camped out on the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge about seven miles north of the small community of Pilar, New Mexico on Saturday night. I was with a small group of old friends and the plan was to run the river the next morning (We did! And it was fabulous!). In the western […]

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Cerros del Norte and a Request – My Shot of the Day – May 8, 2015

  Just the other day I was gushing about our new National Monument and Wilderness. This morning I have still more good news to report: New Mexico’s senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would establish two wilderness areas inside the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Tom Udall, D-NM, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, announced Thursday […]

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The Flowers of Spring

NOTE: This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ No kidding. Back in the day when I had the patience for girlfriends and my friends were like…hey man, you should get your girlfriend some flowers…and I was like….my girlfriend should be getting me flowers!! If that didn’t […]

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Moonrise Taos

Moonrise Taos New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – April 4, 2015

  I know, I know. My first post in quite a while. I need to jump back in and spend some time here. Above is a shot of last night’s moonrise over the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Taos, New Mexico. Below is the view west about 30 minutes later as […]

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Photo Essay: On the Border – The Slovakia Tatras

After several months of computer problems and other complications….most of them very good complications….I finally had time to sit down and edit some of the images I captured in October 2014 while hiking in the Slovakia Tatras National Park with members of the European Wilderness Society. This is the Polish-Slovakian border. In the second image […]

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A Tepid Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area Victory

Last week, the most worthless and unpopular Congress in the history of the United States of America passed the National Defense Authorization Act. The troubled House of Representatives approved the “must pass” bill on December, 4th. The Senate passed it on December 12th. Either this week or right after Christmas, President Obama will sign the […]

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Melting Glaciers in Austria – Hiking the Untersulzbachtal

Hiking the Untersulzbachtal At the beginning of October, 2014 I joined a small group to hike to the Untersulzbachtal Glacier in Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park  I was one of the speakers at the European Wilderness Society’s Wilderness Academy Days at the park’s visitor center. With our little expedition were several of the park managers […]

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For the Birds in Europe, the News Isn’t Good

About a month ago as I was hiking my way around the valleys of Tatras National Park in northern Slovakia I was struck by the utter absence of bird song and bird life. I noted it here:  “Lacking however are birds. I’m a bird guy and so I’ve been keenly aware that there is an unmistakable […]

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Slovakia Wilderness – My Shot of the Day – October 30, 2014

I stepped out just before sunrise. A warm air was flowing up the valley. I took a quick bath in the cold stream and then sat by the fire, drinking coffee and waiting for the sunlight to touch Nizna Bystra, a peak across the valley. Several jays were playing on the edge of a spruce […]

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Up Slovakia’s Wild Koprovsky Dolina

Vlado Vancura, volunteer wilderness ranger and member of the European Wilderness Society (EWS) pointed to lichen hanging from a spruce as evidence that things were indeed getting better. “You would have never seen that in communist days,” he said. Air pollution was such a massive problem before Slovakia joined the European Union that foresters even […]

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My European Wilderness Trip

My European wilderness fascination dates back to the early 1990’s when, for various reasons that lack any sense of logic, I ended up walking my way through various sections of southern Europe on my way to Hong Kong. I never made it to Hong Kong. I got as far as the Jordanian-Israeli border, stumbled my […]

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The Bodvattnet at Bodback – Kvarken World Heritage Site

It is a humid mid-morning and the pond is glassy. Dragonflies pass over the muddy flats marking the edge of the water. A Red Admiral butterfly rests on a golden point of grass. A fat and roly-poly yellow bee lumbers between flowers, hitting the yellowest first and only afterwards tasting from the blue bells and […]

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