Other Eyes

In legend, returning from the mountaintop can be a letdown, but, for me, settling back into home in these Texas hills after traveling in the mountains of Colorado feels comfortable, like replacing regular street shoes with cuddly slippers. There are just as many wonders close to home as there are far afield.  One of my […]

From the Tidepool to the Stars

One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the . . . marvelous structure of reality.  — Albert Einstein A handsome dragonfly–a widow skimmer, I believe–is gracing my garden these days.  It has been much too quick for me and my camera; dragonflies are such excellent fliers that aviation engineers research them hoping […]

The Dark Side of the Food Chain

I’ve been musing lately about the mechanisms of the food chain.  In our household we’ve been viewing the televised seven-part series North America on the Discovery channel, and I often find myself rooting for the prey when predators are featured in hot pursuit. This documentary is beautifully done, and, I must say, it’s refreshing to notice […]

A Bouquet for My Mother

Prickly pear cactus blooms always remind me of my mother.  They seem to flower here in the Texas hill country around Mother’s Day every year, and they’ve been coloring the landscape with their sunny faces this week: After I became an adult, when I would visit my mother–before she started the long Alzheimer’s decline toward […]

New Life

(such a sky and such a sun i never knew and neither did you and everybody never breathed quite so many kinds of yes)                                   –E. E. Cummings The past week in the Texas hill country was one of noticing new life in progress:  two pairs of scissortail flycatchers flying in front of me as […]