Entries Tagged as 'nature essay'

Dappled Things in Their Pied Beauty

March 31st, 2016 · No Comments

Then as I thought about Hopkins’ words and kept looking around me, I understood what he meant. Gerald Manley Hopkins meant that speckled things or dappled things and striped things or brinded things are all around you, and they are beautiful in their own way.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragons, Pusch Ridge AZ

December 31st, 2015 · No Comments

My own mountain is called Pusch Ridge but that is such a prosaic name for a huge everest that looks like a gigantic dinosaur. He is so much more than that, he of the hidden dragons.

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Silence and Awe: A Walk With Sequoia

December 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

The main thing you notice about sequoia is that they are tall. You look up and they are tall as far as your eyes can see. They also have gigantic widths. People use to drive their cars through certain open tree trunks in the Sequoia National Forest before the park rangers became more ecologically-minded.

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Walking Through Yosemite National Park with Mr. Muir

November 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

valley flows the crystal River of Mercy peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks,things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms as if into this one mountain mansion Nature had gathered her choicest treasures, to draw her lovers in close and confiding communion with her.

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Red Moon Dancing -Lunar Eclipse 2015

October 1st, 2015 · No Comments

by Jane St. Clair Every 14th full moon is a supermoon –an extra big and bright moon like the one in E.T. And every now and then we get a lunar eclipse and a red supermoon, as we did on Sunday, September 28, 2015. This rare red lunar eclipse is one of nature’s most spectacular […]

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A Godful Cosmic Wildness: The Grand Canyon

September 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The Grand Canyon seems like a gigantic statement for even Nature to make all in one mighty stone work. Wildness so Godful, cosmic, primeval, bestows a new sense of earth’s beauty and size…

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Cruising Death Valley At 123 Degrees in Summer

August 6th, 2015 · No Comments

by Jane St. Clair Death Valley has this bad-ass reputation. The Hottest. The Driest. The Lowest spot in North America. It’s got Hells Gate and Furnace Creek. As you drive toward Death Valley, signs warn you — “Extreme Heat”  … “No gasoline for miles” … “You don’t want to go there” … “Are you crazy? […]

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Butterflies For A Zen Day

April 9th, 2015 · No Comments

I love the way butterflies slit themselves up into little black lines and then flash! –Open up those beautiful wide wings! One poet compared their wings to parasols opening,

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The Desert Smells Like Rain

August 1st, 2014 · No Comments

By Jane St. Clair The other day it rained in the Sonoran desert. It took perhaps a month to build up to it; the desert is not a place for rain. The sun shines 360 days a year, it hardly ever rains. Desert rain comes inbetween great lengths of sun; waiting for rain is like […]

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The Desert Spring Whispers

May 1st, 2014 · No Comments

If I could offer you just one word to describe the way desert spring comes to the Sonora, the word would be “soft.” Spring walks into the desert on soft feet so quietly that you cannot hear her footsteps approaching. Sometimes she touches you as a soft warmth that brushes against your face like the memory of a lover’s caress. Desert spring enters soft here the Sonora, as soft as clouds scudding by in a nonthreatening sky.

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