by M. E. Schuman “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire Edward Abbey is well known for his eloquent description of the mars-like landscape of the desert. It is no wonder I am consistently d
Covered with velvet-like glimmering algae of gold, deep purples and turquoises, the giant clams were at least three feet across. They were scattered among the coral, planted on the ocean floor. The encrusted grooves and ridges of the shell define the giant clam, which can live to be 100 years. The mollusk breathes in and out through the siphon, a hole in the flesh, luring plankton and divers. I was mesmerized by the slow movement and the iridescence of this ancient living bei
The gentleness of her touch on my leg felt like a whisper while my heart was pounding with joy. Without moving a muscle, I slowly looked down. Staring back at me were amber colored eyes filled with inquisitiveness. As quickly as she appeared, the black ball of fur disappeared following her mother into the shadows of the understory in the bamboo forest. It was as if everything that had happened in my life, all the pain I had endured and all the adventures I had survived had be
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