This year, in honor of Earth Day, I scanned some of my favorite images from various places around the world. Yep. Most of them are old-school prints I had to scan.
Erg Zhigaga, Sahara Desert, Morocco. We slept on bedrolls in the open air during our desert camel trek. From here we went to an oasis where we watched with jealosy as a dog cooled off in a little trickle of a stream (It was 120 degrees in the shade). After the oasis... sandstorm.
Elephants in Parc W, Niger, West Africa
We traveled from the capital city of Niamey to the park in hopes of seeing wildlife. Nature did not disappoint. The night before I took this photo, while sleeping in a tent, we heard lions roaring. They sounded like they were right outside our tent. We were assured they were miles away, but we didn't sleep much that night.
Rice Terraces, near Marinduque, Philippines. I lived in the southern Philippines, in Cebu, but I took a trip up north with my host family. Rice terraces like these are common in rural areas of the Philippines.
Machu Picchu, Peru. We hiked about 30 miles along the Inca Trail, crossing a mountain pass at 14, 000 feet, to reach this ancient city. I loved the tree in the middle of the open area. I spent some time sitting beneath it writing.
Water Spout, off the coast of Cebu, Philippines. My host dad owns a seaweed farm that grows carageenan. The farm is a large building set on stilts in the ocean. Divers harvest the seaweed and dry it on large bamboo racks before shipping it. During dinner one evening, everyone raced to one side of the building looking out over the ocean. I was shocked to learn that this is what they were watching. We had no choice but to watch it and wait, seeminlgy forever. It came straight toward us, then eventually turned and went exactly the opposite way it had come.
Aldea Salamandra, Near Puerto Quito, Ecuador. I was a volunteer headed for Bila Bilogical Reserve on an Earthwatch Expedition called Ecuador's Rainforest Butterflies. We stopped here for an overnight on our way to Bilsa from Quito. I found my cabana in the chiparo tree quite comfy.
Happy Earth Day, everyone. I hope you can get outside and enjoy it a bit today.
Tree frogs anyone? (Volume up!) There was such a racket at my parents’ house last night. #nature
Seen on my morning walk. #nature #getoutside
My walk on Friday took me through several ecosystems, from a climax stage forest populated with beeches and maples, out to a lake, then back through climax forest and through a new section of forest populated by white pines, until I came out to a field that is gradually becoming forest again (See those white pines along the edges in the second video? Each year they move further into the field). I always notice the changes in plants and animals I see, but on Friday, the changes in sound were striking. Turn your volume up! Near the lake, where a slow moving brook empties in, frogs and songbirds dominated. In the field, it was insects and songbirds. #nature #getoutside
Anyone who knows me “in real life” knows that I’m not a big junk food eater. I’m the girl who can literally eat one chip and be done. But I am ridiculously excited to have some of these Irish crisps tonight. I haven’t had them since we moved home from #Dublin. #homesick
Hey KidLit friends: Karen Boss and I are looking forward to facilitating this workshop later today. I just learned that there are spots available and you CAN register late. Join us! #kidlit #nonfiction
I started my day with a walk in the woods that lead me to the lake. I sat in the sand for a while and was serenaded by a chorus of bullfrogs and songbirds while a woodpecker banged out a rhythm. It was a good way to start a day. #nature #calm #nofilter
In addition to planting the veggie garden I posted about yesterday, I’ve also been tending to the flower gardens in our front yard. Some plants are long established, but I’ve also added about 30 new perennials. I mix a variety of herbs such as sage, fennel, lavender, rosemary, and Bee Balm right in with the other flowers.
The gardens have along way to go before they’ll be filled out the way I want, but we have some gorgeous flowers right now. Some special ones in these images: the deep purple irises are splits from my uncle Gene’s garden. My mom grew the lupine from seed. The small bright pink flowers came from my great-aunt Lucille’s garden (my maternal grandmother’s sister). The white and purple irises came from my maternal great-grandmother, Albertine’s garden (They came to me by way of my Mom’s garden). #gardening #nature #getoutside
Its been a busy few weeks in the yard. One big project was to rebuild and plant our raised beds. My husband @rcusol and daughter built the new beds. Then my husband, son, and dad filled them with soil/compost. My job was to plant them. We have (lots of) sweet basil, Thai basil, purple basil, 3 kinds of tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini (courgette), jalapeño pepper, cayenne pepper, eggplant (aubergine) marjoram, parsley, Chinese long beans (red noodle beans), and bell peppers already growing. I also seeded in rainbow beets, watermelon radishes, arugula, Brussels sprouts, Chard, several kinds of lettuce/greens. We still need to lay out the soaker hoses and mulch. #getoutside #veggiegarden
Waiting for the show to start. #PPAC Thanks @tsarina222!
My parents took a road trip yesterday so my kids and I cared for this little one. The mother died shortly after childbirth, so my mom has been bottle feeding it. Look at that tail wag! A sure sign of a happy lamb. #farmlife