Glacier Berries

I found these berries along the Highline Trail near the Granite Park Chalet in Glacier National Park. I can’t recommend the Highline Trail enough. If you don’t have a fear of heights (exposure to steep drop offs) and love beautiful mountain scenery with the occasional mountain goat blocking your path than you will love the…

Milford Moss

New Zealand is known to be one of greenest places on the planet. I don’t mean it is environmentally friendly, although that is probably true too, but a literal natural green. Most of its notoriety for it greenishness is due to its lush rolling green hills (you know, Hobbiton—Lord of the Rings). That is the…

Yucca Stalk

From afar a Yucca plant doesn’t look all that interesting or inviting, but up close this plant holds many intricate secrets. The closer you get, the more you’ll discover about the beauty of this plant. Start with the long pointy leaves and notice the various shades of green and yellow and then how the shadows play…

Fuzzy World

I am fascinated by the minute details in our complex world. That something as simple as a small green leaf can be found to have this kind of complexity blows my mind. If we zoomed in even further we would find even more detail to look at. Our planet, and indeed the universe itself, is…

Fungi Forest

New Zealand’s southwest coast is inundated with massive amounts of rain every year. The southern part of Mount Aspiring National Park is no exception. This area is where the Routeburn Track is located and 8,000mm (315 inches) of rain fall a year is not unheard of here. All this water makes for extremely lush forests…

Sprouts

I am amazed by the beauty of the world that I far too often take for granted. I’ve lived in Colorado for over five years now and must have passed by countless bushes with new growth on them, just like this one. I can’t say I’ve really ever noticed this particular species before. The intricacies,…

Organic Popsicles

A few years ago I drove to Tennessee to visit with family. During my stay much of the midwest was on the receiving end of what was one of the worst ice storms I have ever experienced. Everything, including my car, was encapsulated in about half an inch of ice and the interstates were shut down for…