Summer in the Sierra

This is another one of those catching up, all-over-the-place posts. Certain landscapes have etched a place so deeply in my heart that I find them difficult to write about. So, I procrastinate. The Sierra Nevada is certainly such a place. The vastness, diversity, and majesty of the Sierra Nevada defies description and requires that one... Continue Reading →

Beak of the Week: Virginia Rail

Once again, I've fallen a bit behind in my blogging efforts. I am currently writing this from Mammoth Lakes, and have had some fun California adventures in the past couple of weeks. After returning home from my road trip, I was fortunate to spend some time at the Sedgwick Reserve in Santa Ynez, CA. I... Continue Reading →

“I’ve been everywhere, man…

...crossed the deserts, bare man. I've breathed the mountain air, man. Travel, I've had my share, man. I've been everywhere." - Johnny Cash Since leaving NW Ohio, my travels have had a different pace and a different focus (or, better said, a lack of focus). The long drive to Magee and the intensity of the... Continue Reading →

More Warbler Wonderland

I just simply could not fit all of the warbler wonderfulness into one single post! In the 9 days I spent in NW Ohio, I observed 27 different species of warblers! I wrote a bit about the wonder of warbler migration in a previous post, but wanted to highlight a few more of my favorite... Continue Reading →

Beak of the Week: Pileated Woodpecker

I have to interrupt our normally scheduled program, on warblers and other migrants, to share this incredible bird encounter from yesterday! I (finally) made my way out of NW Ohio, after days of lingering, and planned a stop at Eagle Creek Park, outside of Indianapolis. I was so impressed by this park and its 3900... Continue Reading →

Warbler Wonderland

"It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" - Mark TwainSpring has always been an exciting time for this nature-loving girl.... Continue Reading →

From the Mountains, to the Prairies

I am currently in northwestern Ohio reveling in my first warbler migration and Magee Marsh experience. But, before I share those stories and photos, I want to briefly fill in the gap of how I arrived in Ohio from the Southern California deserts. Actually, Ohio was the furthest thing from my mind as I drove... Continue Reading →

Desert Days

I loved every moment of our Arizona adventures, but as we headed home my thoughts began to refocus on some other spectacular mountains - the Sierra Nevada. I was jonesing to head north, but needed to spend a few more days in the desert. Don't get me wrong, I love the desert and in Southern... Continue Reading →

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