March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That… Continue reading
The Gulf Islands are a chain of islands located between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. From the air in summer time the 13 major islands and 450 smaller islands look like emeralds… Continue reading
When most people think of sea stars, I don’t think they comprehend that they are rapacious predators scouring the seabed, forcing their stomachs out of their bodies and eating almost everything in sight,… Continue reading
Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent… Continue reading
On islands of sorrow, across oceans of grief, all over the world there will be no tomorrow for marine life and ocean birds. They ingest our waste, starve, writhe in agony and die,… Continue reading
Thirty years ago my husband and I were city dwellers still spending most of our time working for someone else. Then we made a life changing decision, a decision to make our simple… Continue reading
The thunderclouds collided overhead and the rain hailed down like bullets. Wind howled, limbs cracked, whoosh — two earthshaking THUDS, seconds apart, shook the ground. For 90 years they stood on the bank… Continue reading
It all began with the surprise announcement that we were spontaneously undertaking a large and expensive project within a time limited window of opportunity. Two weeks ago I assumed it would be completely… Continue reading
We islanders got the dry spell we were craving and quickly exchanged our gumboots and umbrellas for sandals and sunglassess. We’ve been celebrating a week of gorgeous weather outdoors and that’s why I’ve… Continue reading
Supermoons occur when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth coincides with a full moon, an event known as perigee. The average distance between the Earth and the Moon is about 383,000 kilometres… Continue reading
The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the ultimate expression of human conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is almost universal. —… Continue reading
Despite the fact the weather was a few degrees cooler than expected August weather did not disappoint. We had a fabulous month with friends making sweet memories.
Can you imagine a world without bees? Entomologists are studying the reasons behind an enormous bee die off. They call it Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), and if they cannot find a solution the… Continue reading
Many years ago my friend and I took a new bend in the road on our weekly woodland walk and happened upon a gorgeous sight — a sea of Blue Camas lilies in… Continue reading
Canadian lightkeepers report on weather and sea conditions, collect long-term scientific data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, protect rare wildlife and plant species, give first aid assistance and other help to… Continue reading
There’s little doubt in my mind that the three-legged stool economic model is flawed and needs replacement. Setting economic concerns as a priority above the environment when the environment is the grounds for… Continue reading
Pervasive and persuasive advertising cosmetics industry campaigns have created a highly lucrative and growing market for anti-aging and presumed beauty creating products. There’s also cross-over marketing that targets beauty product consumers by purporting such products can do much for their health. But is that true?
The scientific evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and there is no reason not to act. We ought to be rethinking and reducing oil dependency as it’s obvious that we must act to… Continue reading
Last night I had several dreams and every one of them had the same theme – cooling down. From standing under a waterfall, to being caught in a snow storm, to being stranded… Continue reading
I’m enjoying my vacation with friends and our catching up on each others lives and sharing new experiences has been so wonderful and so exhausting. I feel like I’m asleep on my feet… Continue reading
Offshore oil production is a growth industry that has produced numerous large-scale oil spills destroying an immense amount habitat and devastating wildlife. Clearly drilling is not the answer to any of our energy… Continue reading
My husband and I awoke to the news that BP Plc is preparing for a key procedure to replace the containment cap over its blown-out Macondo well, which could temporarily cause more oil… Continue reading
This is so exciting. My friend Robin Easton adventurer, writer and blogger has released her Naked in Eden book trailer. It’s the remarkable story of her adventures and awakening in the Australian rainforest.… Continue reading
Yes! Awesome was the correct word for what we witnessed and nothing is more awesome than natural events like the herring run in spring and the return of the salmon to the rivers in fall.
It is important that humans begin supporting organic or small farms, local production and sustainable techniques while harvesting increased yields and protecting the topsoil. The time for action is now, before the world’s… Continue reading
Earth Day 2009 Bloggers Unite – Leave nothing but footprints – Take nothing but pictures – Kill nothing but time
Join up with bloggers around the world through Bloggers Unite for Earth Day on April 22nd and honor the planet every day of the year.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. Canada’s Groundhog Day relies on the predictions of an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie. Although Punxsutawney Phil gets the most attention, various American cities have their own special groundhogs;… Continue reading
Some of the “pet” subjects I have researched and written about include the negative impacts of tourism on the most special places on earth, ecotourism, geotourism and sustainable tourism. For several nights now… Continue reading
Political interference in science has been all over the news recently. We thought you’d like to be aware of the following developments: Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona reported he was muzzled from speaking… Continue reading
Pine siskins do not migrate north and south but instead they move east and west in their 2 year cycles. They are spunky little birds who are feisty enough to drive off the… Continue reading