Essays


Resilience

Winter and spring are playing at the back edge of February. Brave tips of skunk cabbage emerge in a soggy pocket of sun-drenched moss behind the stone wall. Resilience flows through the roots that held fast under snowpack and leaf litter all winter, waiting. White caps dance on the river and naked branches etch the […]

Hiking the Grand Canyon

“This landscape is animate: it moves, transposes, builds, proceeds, shifts, always going on, never coming back, and one can only retain it in vignettes, impressions caught in a flash, flipped through in succession, leaving a richness of images imprinted on a sunburned retina.” From Downcanyon: A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon […]

Bridging the Divide: A Leap of Faith

Each person had reached the same spot, and the same dilemma; to cross or not to cross. In search for a lookout known as “Hanging Rock” in the Blue Mountains of Australia, my friend and I reached a chasm which now stood between us and the lookout. Among us were several other adventurers, each connected […]

River of Life

The dirt road across the northern South Dakota prairie was bumpy, especially in a large flatbed truck pulling a trailer loaded with a bobcat skid-steer. The equipment and the truck were necessary to excavate a Triceratops skull and I was along as an employee of Black Hills Institute of Geological Research to help remove the […]