Guana River WMA

Admittedly I haven’t spent much time at Guana and had never taken my bike onto the extensive trails to do any exploring. I made a reconnaissance trip to the north-west entrance to the park and did a small hike to take a look. Parking was very easy as the lot is designed to accommodate horse […]

Big Talbot Artist Residency

I’m enjoying a week at Big Talbot Island at the Milam House graciously provided by the North Florida Land Trust. This property is located on the only residential street on the island, a wayward attempt by the state to raise money by selling properties. Fortunately the idea was short lived before developers transformed this area […]

Osceola National Forest

  There are 3 National Forests in Florida, Osceola is one of them. I haven’t been here in several years so I was much overdue, especially in light of the forest project I’m working on. Getting here requires a 90 minute drive which mean’s Doug has to get up at 5 am, not an easy […]

Southern Icons A-Z

S: Still Scene, Southern Swamp By Hastings Hensel Perhaps especially with this— a swamp in all its mossy stillness, caught in a photograph by Douglas Eng— the mind must impress some phrase, must make an order out of metaphor, for such is the way of reflection, and so: the world, it seems, is turned in on […]

Freedom and “old growth”

I wrote this after two weeks visiting Mt Rainier and the Upper Cascades National Parks and surrounding National Forests and State Parks. I love the Pacific Northwest filled with cloudy days and heavily forested land. But the natural history of these areas are fresh with recent memory and existing battles with timber companies and interests […]

Congaree National Park

  I made a quick reconnaissance trip to Congaree National Park near Columbia, SC, knowing that I needed to return with my kayak and more time. This is a fascinating place and one of the last old growth cypress forests in the south. My interest in old-growth has increased and as I learn more I […]