Make Your Own Blooming Tea Balls From Your Garden

Learn how to craft your own blossoming tea ball from foraged plants.

Grow Your Own Bottle Gourd For Use As A Musical Instrument, Sake Container, Or Decoration

The gourd was one of the first cultivated plants in the world. See 8 ways to use a bottle-gourd. This is one useful plant!

Natural Design & Form Photography

“An adventure in detail, exploring shapes, patterns, and symmetry in the natural world.” –HMNS 50 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit   

Extinct Fossil Crab in Monterey

Pinnixa galliheri, extinct shore crab, aguajito shale matrix, Jacks Peak County Park, Monterey County, California During the Miocene Epoch (the first epoch of the Neogene period, the period before our current, Quarternary period),… Continue reading

How To Grow A Garden From Your Leftovers

It is a satisfying intellectual challenge to see how many ways you can find to use your food leftovers in a productive way, rather than throwing them in the trash. (If you want… Continue reading

Texas meets Native California: A Pine Needle Pomo Coiled Basket

A pine needle basket stitched in a traditional Pomo stitch coiled basket style. Materials: artificial sinew thread, 16″ long-leaf pine (Pinus palustris) dried pine needles, and  embellished with turkey feather. Constructed by Emily… Continue reading

Five-legged frogs and a newt graveyard

Pacific Chorus Frog (Pseudacris regilla) and Rough-Skinned Newts (Taricha granulosa) in Briones East Bay Regional Park, California Multiple leg deformities in the chorus frog are most likely caused by a flatworm, Ribeiroia ondatrae,… Continue reading

Earth Verse

                                                                                         Photo: Emily Moskal Earth Verse   Wide enough to keep you looking Open enough to keep you moving Dry enough to keep you honest Prickly enough to make you tough Green enough… Continue reading

The Many Rock Forms of Petrified Forest, Arizona


Fossil Sand Dollars

Fossil sand dollars/sea urchin skeletons captured in beach tumbled stones, found near Fort Funston beach, southwest of San Francisco

Hummingbird development: 1 month

Burrowing owl overlay



My first wood-carving, affectionately named Platy (short for platypus). Carved on a fallen branch from the red, peely bark madrone tree (Arbutus menziesii) and stained with turpentine and flax oil.

Wild & Gathered dyes

Left: Wood shavings of Oregon grape (Mahonia aquifolium) stem and root, ready for dye bath Right: Test results, on silk and cotton, of dye extracted from cones of coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) Along… Continue reading

Insects: of picturesque mandibles, elytra, and wings


Watercolor Hummingbird


Predating, Mating, and Glowing…in the Amazon

Frogs of Yasuni National Park, Amazonian Ecuador

Top to bottom: unknown, Hypsiboas punctatus, Dendropsophus sarayacuensis, Phyllomedusa vaillanti, Hyla calcarata, unknown, Dendropsophus bifurcus, Phyllomedusa vaillanti, Phyllomedusa sp. Yasuni lies in the northwestern corner of the Amazon Basin, arguably the most biodiverse… Continue reading

Rainshadow of the Sierras

Formation of Western Deserts: The prevailing winds from the Pacific carry moisture-laden clouds to the granite batholiths of the Sierras. As the clouds are forced up into the atmosphere the clouds cool and… Continue reading

Gypsum on Shale

Seawater evaporate mineral, gypsum, in between caked layers of shale sedimentary rock. Gypsum is often used as a fertilizer due to its high content of calcium and and sulphur, and its ability to… Continue reading

“…Standing on…

“…Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see… Continue reading