Re-Wedding Myself to the Sun

I’ve noticed something strange since returning to the country: a noticeable feeling of dis-ease any time I stay in the house on a sunny day. If I haven’t gone out and sweated and done something under the rays of the […]

If You’re Going To Have a Lawn, Use It

Lawns are beautiful. They are also a pain to maintain. Grass takes continual cutting, weed elimination, fertilization, edging, etc. Often it’s imposed onto a relatively foreign environment, keeping owners working to maintain it. And yet most people don’t seem to […]

Walk Under the Full Moon

There’s regular night. There’s regular day. But then there’s the few special nights every month when the full moon shines. These nights are special, but you might not know it if you live in a city – too much light […]

The Badassity of Migrant Workers

If the pioneer and frontiersman spirit has disappeared in most Americans, it’s alive and well in migrant workers. Imagine traveling all the way from Guatemala to Maine to pick blueberries, or from Nicaragua to Alberta to tend cattle, or from […]

Get Dirty

Between yesterday and today I plowed a couple of fields, operated a dirt excavator, mucked around in fields and marsh, played fetch with a smart little cattle dog, and rode, groomed, and fed horses. I’ve come home dirty each night. […]

Don’t Break the Spell

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5 Yesterday I hit the Appalachian Trail between Woody Gap and Jarrard Gap with a good friend. Over […]

Working with the Sun

Photography for me has been a lesson in working with nature’s constraints. Want to take a photo of someone standing on that hillside? It doesn’t matter if you have a great subject, a great angle, and a great camera – […]

The Magic of Long Trails

I got to the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain as the day started to grow dark. I’ll tell you it was an awe-inspiring experience to be there. I had just run and hiked the miles from Amicalola […]

Get Outside for the Holidays

If you have the good fortune to live in a place without snow, take some time to get outside this Christmas. Perhaps because so many of our images of Christmas come from up north, it’s tempting to just sit inside […]