Burrowing owls

Burrowing owls can be found through much of the western United States, Mexico and Central America and many parts of South America. True to their name, they occupy holes in the ground...

Art Rogers Family Album, January 7, 2016

ELIJA JOSEPH DOWNS GIACOMINI — BORN MAY 17, 2014 Son of Jody Giacomini of Novato and Billy Downs of Burney, California Grandson of Sheelah and Toby Giacomini, Jr. of Petaluma and Great Grandson of the late Vet and Toby, Sr. of Point Reyes Station.

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STINSON BEACH : At 2:15 p.m. a woman said a man with a “spattering” of silver hair had nearly hit her while she was climbing into her car; she had flipped him off and then he had returned and said he should have run her over. — Jan. 8, 2015...

Images from life

Those who subscribe to fashion’s monolithic reduction of beauty and vitality to a uniform size and shape might find Marna Clarke’s striking and moving exhibition and book, “Time As We Know It, “ an opportunity to grow beyond the narrow circumscriptions of taste. Artists have long pushed the edge of...

Earthy science

Libby Porzig paces 19 meters—19 of her long strides—from the center point of a study site seemingly located in heaven. From this grassy ridge, high above the Russian River mouth, the winter sunlit view is phenomenal, and Libby sings out “gor-geous” as she reaches her destination. She sets down a...

Dick Fine, a pioneering doctor who loved the bay, dies at 75

Dick Fine, a lifelong San Francisco doctor who advocated for underserved patients and found respite sailing on Tomales Bay, died last month at age 75. “He could work within the system to find the solutions, or buck the system when it wasn’t allowing him to do the right thing,” said...

How to go feral

Sometimes I make a shift when I head out for a walk, just after starting out. I call it “going feral.” It doesn’t take much, just a slight lean in a certain direction, a quick thought, a glance around. It can be a few steps down a trail, or a...

Gratitude for the wild and cultivated

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and...

The surprising benefits of prunes

Prunes have had a bad image as an unpalatable, medicinal food for the elderly and at best are seen as a natural laxative. But prunes—increasingly referred to as dried plums to boost their appeal—can provide a number of benefits to our health, according to recent studies, potentially reducing the likelihood...