From Nature

Good Luck Tai Shan!


They’re unique and extraordinary animals and the world would be poorer without them [on giant pandas] -David Suchet Tai Shan, the beloved four and a half year-old resident of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. has finally arrived in China where he will be part of a panda breeding program at Wolong’s Bifengxia Panda base…

Once in a Blue Moon…


When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir For the first time I can really say once in a blue moon and really mean what I’m saying…Like many around the world I always thought that blue moon literally meant blue or a…

The Season of the Talking Trees


“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” -Rabindranath Tagore Another interesting feature of living in places with marked seasonal changes is definitively the arrival of winter, and with it what I like to call the “talking trees”. People would say that snow is probably the most fundamental characteristic of winter…

In Harmony with Nature


“There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover the truth” –Bobby Lake-Thom Every time I hear someone complain or bash the National Museum of the American Indian I get upset, and frankly it makes me sad. Some of the reasons I’ve heard for the dislike are:…

Oh Wonderful Fall!


“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” -Stanley Horowitz Somewhere I read that North America’s deciduous forests offer the planet’s most spectacular show of seasonal color. Indeed I’ve traveled around the world, lived in different countries, and I’ve never seen something as magnificent as…