Postcards

Preparing to be Unprepared

Familiarity ossifies experience. We must recalibrate our instruments of perception.

Vancouver

English Public Footpaths

In England public footpaths designate a legally protected right of way across private lands.

Nantwich

A stroll around the old market town of Nantwich.

Mobberley

Present and past.

Field of Rape

English summer. Related to turnips but a variety grown for its seed, rapeseed, which produces a high-quality vegetable oil. These turnip greens were the plant Rapunzel’s mother coveted during her pregnancy (hence Rapunzel’s name, little turnip girl)…a not unusual craving even among the non-pregnant in cold countries where the first greens of spring (such as dandelions) provided vitamins lacking in a winter diet. In the 1970s Canadians came up with

USS Wisconsin

Greetings from the Whiskey.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

photo: Great Sand Dunes

Southwest USA

2012-06-22. We drove almost deserted roads between Mancos and Las Vegas. Stopped at Four Corners to do the tourist shot: straddling the boundaries of four states at once. We were on 564 from Four Corners and then turned off on 98 to Page and then into Utah and 89 to Kanab. A very circuitous route which is now a blur in memory. At Kayenta, deep in Navajo country, we ate

Cape Cod Beach

Cape Cod

A landscape I’d only ever seen before in movies.

Shad Shack is Sad

In search of Daniel Brainerd.

Nevada: Valley of Fire

Yosemite: Upper Yosemite Falls Hike

Hike. May 24, 2010. Lesson learned. The view from the top of a falls is never as spectacular as the view from the bottom.

Yosemite: Mariposa Grove

photo: Mariposa Grove

Mono Lake

The black stuff on the shoreline is not algae or seaweed. It’s masses of alkali flies. When you walk near them clouds of them rise. Luckily they’re not biting flies and don’t show the least bit interest in humans.