Category Archives: Nature

Twisted — An Arizona garden in California

The restored Cactus Garden at Stanford is in full bloom this year. The twisted plants thrive in the new warmer California climate. (Click on any image below to view in full screen.) The garden is open to visitors every day … Continue reading

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Allende’s Tale of El Dorado, A Lost City In The Venezuelan Rain Forest

Deep in the Venezuelan rain forest: imagine yourself standing at the base of Angel Falls. You are wrapped in fog and can only imagine the top where the water cascades over the lip of the high mesa thousands of feet … Continue reading

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Orpheus and Eurydice in the Rain Forest of Brazil

Imagine! The opera Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck is playing at the restored Teatro Amazonas opera house deep in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. Three foreigners enter the theater lobby: Marina (an American doctor looking stylish in a long … Continue reading

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The Battle for the Channel Islands

I confessed in a previous post to being a fan of T. C. Boyle fiction so it is no surprise that I really like his latest novel. When the Killing’s Done is the story of dedicated ecologists who ultimately win a … Continue reading

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Too Many Birding Guides

Today I tackled the shelves containing my birding field guides and the stacks of travel guides that I usually consult before a birding trip to another country. Other than actually being in the field looking at birds, here is nothing … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Duplicates, Duplicates: looking for duplicates, I found 3 volumes of Virgil’s masterpiece, The Aneid. Two of the copies are the famous Fitzgerald translation and the third is the new translation by Flagel. I like reading the Flagel best.

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