July242014
Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change
The Pagan gods are not exactly known for their forgiving natures. Yet as divine powers of regeneration and return, they offer a forgiveness all their own. Not the forgiveness of escape and abdication, nor the forgiveness of a benevolent Almighty on whose behalf we can act with unchallenged dominion. Rather, theirs is the forgiveness of restored responsibility, the response-ability that we possess as natural beings and citizens of the earth.
After all, what do we seek when we seek forgiveness, but the chance to start again?
Read more — http://bit.ly/paganenvironmentalism
#pagan #environmentalism #climatechange #hope


Photo Credit: “The Bird Woman,” (CC) June Yarham [source]

Wonder on the Wing: Lessons from the Owl Goddess on Climate Change

The Pagan gods are not exactly known for their forgiving natures. Yet as divine powers of regeneration and return, they offer a forgiveness all their own. Not the forgiveness of escape and abdication, nor the forgiveness of a benevolent Almighty on whose behalf we can act with unchallenged dominion. Rather, theirs is the forgiveness of restored responsibility, the response-ability that we possess as natural beings and citizens of the earth.

After all, what do we seek when we seek forgiveness, but the chance to start again?

Read more — http://bit.ly/paganenvironmentalism

#pagan #environmentalism #climatechange #hope

Photo Credit: “The Bird Woman,” (CC) June Yarham [source]

July222014
Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready.

I’m often humbled to realize how oblivious I can be to the wonders of the natural world all around me. And what treasures might yet be hiding right in front of me, in plain sight.

After all, there are so many different ways to hide.

Read more — http://bit.ly/1ucTG9O

#tidepool #nature #photography

Tidepooling is a practice in patient observation. It’s also a reminder that some things happen in their own sweet time. That’s the thing about low tide. Sun, moon and earth turn through the steps of their celestial dance, and once in a while you get lucky and the three of them meet just right in a moment of revelation. You have to be ready.

I’m often humbled to realize how oblivious I can be to the wonders of the natural world all around me. And what treasures might yet be hiding right in front of me, in plain sight.

After all, there are so many different ways to hide.

Read more — http://bit.ly/1ucTG9O

#tidepool #nature #photography

July182014
Painted Anemone on Flickr.
Very excited to have found this massive Painted Anemone on a rock right at the lowest low tide mark!
Pic from my iNaturalist observation here

Painted Anemone on Flickr.

Very excited to have found this massive Painted Anemone on a rock right at the lowest low tide mark!

Pic from my iNaturalist observation here

3PM

Aggregating anemones (also known as pink-tipped green anemones) in various stages of opening and closing. Pictures taken at low tide on Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park in Washington

Pics from my iNaturalist observation here

1PM
11AM
Fireweed and Sky on Flickr.Fireweed against a blue sky… (At Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park)

Fireweed and Sky on Flickr.

Fireweed against a blue sky… (At Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park)

July172014

This past weekend, Jeff and I visited Deception Pass State Park to enjoy the lowest low tide of the year (thank you summer solstice + full moon!)… In Bowman Bay, we found an amazing variety of purple and yellow shore crabs. Here are just a few shots — damn, those little guys are fast! Picking up one rock, I was able to count about a dozen of them, which scattered in all directions before my camera could even focus.

My iNaturalist observations recorded here, here and here.

10AM

Purple sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) spotted at low tide on the North Beach of Discovery Park (in Seattle, WA) back on 6/28….

Looks like they’re showing signs of sea star wasting syndrome, which can kill a sea star in a matter of days and is quickly wiping out entire populations on the west coast. This beach was once covered with hundreds of sea stars of all types! During my 2-hour visit this time, I only saw four sea stars, all of which showed signs of the disease.

Here’s more info on sea star wasting syndrome.

And a link to my iNaturalist observation page.

April172014
Amazing sunset on Flickr.And then a few minutes after the full double-rainbow, this amazing sunset!!

Amazing sunset on Flickr.

And then a few minutes after the full double-rainbow, this amazing sunset!!

8PM
Double Rainbow at Sunset on Flickr.Amazing full double-rainbow at sunset this evening! View from our apartment…

Double Rainbow at Sunset on Flickr.

Amazing full double-rainbow at sunset this evening! View from our apartment…

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