Author Archives: Ron Harton

Contemplating Kerrick Meadow

I returned to Kerrick Meadow last week. I hadn’t been there since October a couple of years ago when the water in Kerrick Creek stood in little pools that froze at night. The water was low but trickling along this … Continue reading

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Milkweed Morning

On my walk to the local park this morning I saw that a milkweed patch (Asclepias vestita, Woolly Milkweed) had burst into bloom over the weekend. No butterflies flitted by, but several hummingbirds sat guard over it from nearby oaks. … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman: the Rhythm of the Sea

In Specimen Days, Walt Whitman explains how the rhythm of his writing developed from his experience of nature. From his earliest days, Walt Whitman loved the sea: the toss and rush of the wind-blown waves, the vast expanse of the … Continue reading

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Ribbon Fall Rainbow

I took my Wednesday Walk on Thursday, March 19, last week and hiked the trail up from the Wawona Tunnel up to Artist’s Point and then on along the ridge on the Pohono Trail visiting the original Old inspiration Point, … Continue reading

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Starling Sounds of Spring

A walk up the ridge to the mailbox often brings unexpected surprises. Several European starling pairs have taken over the nesting spots in the hollow oak branches formerly used by the acorn woodpeckers. Their nesting is in full swing, accompanied … Continue reading

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Yesterday, I noticed two gray squirrels foraging together under the live oak trees. We have one resident squirrel, but this is the only time of the year we have more than one around the house. In our area near Yosemite, … Continue reading

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The Junction

John Schreiber’s latest book, The Junction, is the kind of nature writing I find especially meaningful–essays by a person exploring and discovering connections with the natural history of the world close to home. His homeland is British Columbia, Canada, as … Continue reading

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Chipmunk Games

Chipmunks are active and busy this time of year. Fall brings out the new brood of young, born in summer and now adult size, scampering about in search of seeds and berries to store for winter. At one campsite on … Continue reading

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A Stellar Warning System

I began hiking down the Mono Meadow trail for my traditional fall equinox backpack. A cool breeze sang through the tops of the firs and pines. It’s an easy start for a backpack because the trail drops steeply downhill to … Continue reading

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Is Nature Writing Dead?

Recently several articles in the entertainment media have discussed the evolution of nature writing into a literature of memoirs about people discovering themselves in the wilderness. The articles say the focus of these books is not nature, but people and … Continue reading

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