Not grass gone to seed, but the seeds that opened into themselves. Blue Bunch Wheatgrasses In Front of an Approaching Storm And are held up in the air by the track of […]
Reality and Illusion in the Okanagan Valley
Here is a slideshow of some images from the web about orchards in my country. Here’s the reality. They’re not orchards. They are thickets. What do people actually want, though? Why, to camp […]
The Private Landscapes of the Okanagan Valley
Here’s a healthy stand of bunchgrass, which I showed you a couple days ago. As I mentioned, the Okanagan Valley of the North Eastern Pacific Rim probably looked like this 200 years […]
The Okanagan’s Missing Water
Here it is. Blue Bunch Wheatgrass This 10-year-old re-seeded slope shows the likely historical condition of the valley under Syilx stewardship. This grass is very much alive. The valley hasn’t looked like […]
The People of the Grass
Just look at this Great Basin Giant Wild Rye in the late November sun. It’s growing up the hill from my house, in land set aside for new houses. Actually, it was […]
Bringing the Water Home
I bring home the name of water. It’s not that it reflects the sky, as the picture below from Hvalfjörður shows, so much as it brings the light from the sky inside […]
Whatever Happened to the VW Hippy Van?
Borgarnes, Iceland. If you are over 50, you will find your childhood there. If younger, your pink parents.
Imagine Aesthetic Tourism
Today, another lesson from Iceland. It’s almost 2017. Now that art is no longer in the galleries but in the world, shouldn’t art tourism be outside of the galleries but in the […]
Sustaining the Okanagan 20: Tourism Lessons from Iceland
Winter or summer, Icelanders send the 7 tourists for every Icelander out to see “nature.” Icelanders have noticed that people from other countries get a kick out of this kind of thing, […]
How Much Should a Trail Cost?
This is an Icelandic hiking trail. It is public infrastructure for travellers and locals alike. You can see it on the scree slope below. It is much loved. It leads to the […]