This is about as dense as they get. It’s beautiful, but why? What does this do? Or, what limitation creates it?
Building the Land With Flowers. Really.
Welcome to the 21st century! In this century, we’ve finally learned that a grassland is nothing without flowers. Here’s why: That’s right, bees, 500 kinds of wild bees and wasps that live […]
The Gift Culture of the Grasslands
Flax is beautiful. The seeds grow heavy and lower the seed to the ground. Mice eat the seed there. And then it lifts up again, through the snow! These aren’t seeds that […]
Mariposa Lily Has a Visitor (or two)
It’s always an adventure to see who comes to dance… … and then, after making the circuit … … half-drugged, stumbles out… Good times for all!
What Colour is Big Sagebrush?
Great Basin Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), a member of the aster family, rolls across the hills of my country. You could say that where it is home so am I. Not just the […]
One of my neighbours up the hill built a house a couple months back. Garden is in already!
Butterfly Season is Here
The spring is advancing three or four days for every day, after its slow start. Now the butterflies! I first wrote that I couldn’t identify this pretty one. “It looks like a […]
Yellow Bells Arrive
Once an important food crop, yellow bells are now rare, yet continue to mark the exchange of water and heat in the soil and to mark what is still possible for renewal […]
Wasps at Work, Wasps at War
The snow buckwheat started blooming today on the cliffs and rocky crags. The wasps are loving it. Lots of wasps all loving it at once. Beautiful wasps. Beautiful wasps with issues. […]
With Multiplicity There is More for All
Purity is charming, but … …this is what this syilx land teaches. It is irrelevant if the cattle industry has labeled this a noxious weed. More fertilization of flowers = more children […]