To be Indigenous means you come from the land, and are of the land. This land, for example. This is an outcropping on Turtle Ridge in Vernon. Note the red lichen stains. […]
Let us praise even the cold. The terrible, iron cold. Let us give way and accept the story no more … … that the cold holds the land in its grip. […]
Size is relative. Grasslands are forests, too. They only appear short because we walk in the sky.
Soil. Not soil. 9 years, nothing growing yet. Soil Not soil. Nothing even germinates here. Soil. You find soil where water pools. (Rocks, too.) It is life — a gravitational effect that […]
Rock falls are earth. They power complex communities. Beautifully. They speak of gravity and sun and air, and bring them to life. Soil is what water leaves. Dirt is tillage. It is time […]
In November, in Cascadia, it is springtime, whether you are in the wetlands on an island in the ocean … Oyster Bay, Vancouver Island … or far inland, in the grasslands, where […]
Lichen: 400,000,000 years of two-species partnership and counting. Fir needles: 280,000,000 years and counting. That’s a gap of 120,000,000 years, when lichens got their acids from rocks, rather than from trees, which […]
Elves are all over the place in Iceland, like this one in the elf village at Skutustaðir. Well, elves are human-shaped, really, but they can vanish into stone and reappear from it, and […]
It starts with a drop, of water you might say, but I think it’s a drop of life. Look how both bunchgrass and lichen on this glacial erratic repeat the patterns of […]
I mean, just look at it! Lichen at Sunrise: Vaseaux Lake Nature Conservancy An unbroken chain three and a half billion years old.