Exploring Wildness

The Folding and Twisting of a Miocene Lava Flow

The Folding and Twisting of a Miocene Lava Flow
The basalt rocks rose from the roadside to the ridge on our right and ran down the hill to the valley below. Endless red-brown blocks the size of basketballs scattered the hillside with no vegetation growing between them. A few dead trunks had slid from the ridge top where hemlocks, pines, and firs dotted the crest. The slope dropped down…

Bald Eagles in the Fog along Puget Sound

Bald Eagles in the Fog along Puget Sound
The fog created an eerie feeling to our walk on the beach. It wrapped around us like a winter quilt. I could feel the dampness on my cheeks, and the air tasted salty. We had come to North Whidbey Island along Puget Sound in Washington to see what birds we might find. To our left, we could hear the rhythmic lapping…

A Family Outing

A Family Outing
I rounded the corner and spotted her sitting beside a bush. Her fine features, dainty little hands, and smooth curves took my breath away. I couldn’t help but stare at her. She flexed open and shut her delicate small fingers and brought her hands together and then apart as she chewed quietly on something. Occasionally, her pink tongue would slip…