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Nature Notebook, February 13, 2020

02/12/2020
Spring seems to be rushing toward us with warm days and calm surf. A little later than usual are the milkmaids, four-petaled flowers with a rosy tinge that usually are seen in shady areas by January. Wild beach strawberry plants (Fragaria chiloensis), also with small, four-petaled flowers low to the...

Moved by beauty

02/05/2020
I celebrated my birthday in January with a trip to Yosemite. The beauty was breathtaking: it had just snowed, and the trees were dusted fairytale-style in crystalline, glittering powder. Only a bobcat’s tracks were in the otherwise untouched snow before me. Wisps of mist, backlit by the morning sun, suffused...

Point Reyes artist celebrates his 85th birthday with solo exhibit

02/05/2020
Longtime Point Reyes artist Charles Eckart will celebrate his 85th birthday with a one-man exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, running from Feb. 1 to March 1. The title of the show, “For the Love of Paint,” speaks to Eckart’s devotion to the expressive powers of pure...

Nature Notebook, January 30, 2020

01/29/2020
The full moon of Feb. 8 brings very high morning tides and very low late-afternoon tides. We may also get a good look at the planet Mercury, which is in “elongation,” at its maximum distance from the sun. It will shine ruby red just before dawn and just after dusk...

Microgrids avoid fossil fuels and keep solar running in an outage

01/29/2020
After three years of massive wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric’s implementation of a public safety power shutoff program last year, the concept of creating more energy independence and resiliency through microgrids is picking up momentum in West Marin. First, what is a microgrid? The key distinguishing feature of a...

Nature Notebook, January 16, 2020

01/15/2020
The Chinese or Lunar New Year begins with the new moon on Jan. 25. This year’s zodiac animal honoree is the rat, which is considered acute and alert in nature. Look for local wood rat or pack rat nests along Limantour Road and White House Pool. These five- to six-foot...

The health impacts of cell towers

01/01/2020
How are cell towers similar to DDT, an insecticide infamous for its environmental impacts? It’s a good question. On Dec. 8, about 90 local residents asked this question and many more at an event to explore the health and environmental impacts of wireless technology. As new cell towers are being...

Nature Notebook, January 2, 2020

01/01/2020
The first of the annual meteor showers, the Quadrantids, originates in Boötes, the plowman constellation. This shower of about 40 per hour may be seen at around 1 a.m. from Jan. 1 through Jan. 5, in the eastern skies. The full moon of Jan. 10 is called “when snow blows...

Resolutions and feel-good benefits: How to make lasting change

12/26/2019
Yesterday morning, as I hiked up to the ridge near my home, I reflected on my intentions and behaviors. Why has it taken so long to reinstate regular hikes in my life? Why does something that makes me feel so euphoric get pushed to the bottom of my list? Why...

David Morris: Self-reliance and community

12/18/2019
David Morris has been visiting West Marin for 20 years or more, mostly from either Washington, D.C., where he co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance 45 years ago, or from Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he has been living with his wife, Harriet Barlow, most of the time. He has written four...

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