The Industrious Beaver

The Industrious Beaver

Celebrating International Beaver Day! In honor of  International Beaver Day, here’s a story I wrote about beavers I observed in the Colorado Rockies. Each evening at dusk I take a stroll to burn off dinner in hopes of having room for dessert. Tonight I crossed a...
Creative Healing

Creative Healing

If you’ve known me for a while you probably know I’m a pretty straight forward, pragmatic, practical, sort of gal who doesn’t go in for woo-woo things. However, events of 2019 shook me to my core and inspired me to reevaluate my relationship to my art and new roles it...
A Letter of Gratitude

A Letter of Gratitude

A thank you note to my nature-loving audience As the holidays approach I’m feeling full of gratitude; for my life, health, and for you, my loyal readers and students. You’re the bee’s knees, the petunia’s petals and the solitaire’s song. Your enthusiasm for the nature...
Mushroom Spore Prints

Mushroom Spore Prints

A fun, easy, and educational activity Autumn is a great time to go mushroom hunting with the arrival of the season’s rain showers. If you’re keen to identify those species you find, it’s helpful to know the color of their spores. If you would love to...
Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Top 10 Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

Have you ever been traveling and noticed a person completely engrossed in the activity of journaling, perhaps with a somewhat dreamy expression on her face, and seemingly oblivious to the chaos around her? Perhaps you said to yourself “I should try that on my next...
Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

What Are Carnivorous Plants? Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants; their diversity, ecology, and distribution, then watch a video I made about my favorite species from Malaysia! Carnivorous plants are species that attract, catch and digest animal prey....
Batty About Bats!

Batty About Bats!

In Celebration of Bats Bats are so cool, there are two holidays honoring them: Bat Appreciation Day on April 17th and  International Bat Week from October 24-31, so here are some spooky, but true, facts about bats of the world! •Flying foxes (seen above and below) are...
Nature journaling for all ages

Nature journaling for all ages

Keeping a nature journal is a time-honored tradition, practiced throughout history; from the ancient Greeks to naturalists like Darwin, Audubon and Muir. Traditionally, it’s main purpose was to keep a record of one’s observations to learn about the principles...
Adventures in Mexico

Adventures in Mexico

  A surprisingly different itinerary and a fresh perspective When  I’m  planning a trip to Mexico, I’m not dreaming about palm-lined beaches and stiff margaritas –  though I may enjoy both from time to time 😉 No, I’m planning our days around...
Happy Birthday Charles Darwin​​​​​​​

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin​​​​​​​

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s Birthday Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who forever changed our view of life on earth, was born on February 12, 1809. Like Darwin, I was a shy and quiet child, with an insatiable curiosity for the natural world, spending my...