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9 October 2017

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass is a collection of thematically-linked essays by Robin Wall Kimmerer, an environmentalist, academic, and Native American. The themes that unite them are plants, the human relationship to the natural world, and love.  I’ve read Kimmerer’s essays in Orion before, but there’s a sort of literary force multiplier when you get a whole book full of her thoughtful insights, story after story, back to back.  Braiding Sweetgrass is a …


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5 December 2016

Cinder cones in Iceland (with lichen)

What makes an Icelandic cinder cone even better? A coating of fuzzy lichens, perhaps…


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3 October 2011

Lichens on Morrison sandstone

Picking up from Saturday’s post about ripple marks and cross-bedding in Morrison sandstone from north of Shell, Wyoming, let’s scoot away from the purely geological content for a moment, so that we can appreciate some beautiful orange/yellow radial lichens growing on one rippled sandstone slab: You can make that one bigger by clicking on it, or you can look at these close-up lichen portraits below: I love the delicate fading …


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