Tilt Farther: The Hibernal Solstice is Here (Revised)

This post was revised to multiple edited posts on December 18. Here’s hoping it reads a bit leaner and humbler. “Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow” This is how poet Christina Rossetti described the natural world to our insufficient senses in “In theContinue reading “Tilt Farther: The Hibernal Solstice is Here (Revised)”

Where is the wild, always? Look up to the wild blue.

In the first week of December, Colorado skies have cleared completely. Cloudless after the Thanksgiving weekend storms and this morning’s sky is black as stout. Stars are widely visible, the air is crisp but not frigid. Mercury can be seen by your eyes unaided. At 35 degrees I can still stand comfortably in a longContinue reading “Where is the wild, always? Look up to the wild blue.”

a tonic: shore erosion in winter

You might call it slowly destructive, but you might also see in shoreline erosion that the variable cycles of sea energy help the shore gain a kind of wisdom. The land recognizes that the ocean, although aggressive as it cracks upon the sand, is its cohort. The rock promintories take the rougher assaults, where theContinue reading “a tonic: shore erosion in winter”