November 25, 2017


The feathers are still bright on the cape and headdress of King Kamehameha, as if they were freshly clipped from the tail of a... "Now, what is the name of that bird? "

Stories of birds, real, rare, or mythical, abound from the early explorer's expeditions to Pe...

November 21, 2017

It is not aquatic, nor does it resemble a horse, but rather it looks like a distant cousin of what the Egyptians called the "River Horse "or Hippopotamus as we know it.

This rendering based on travel sketches attributed to artist Frances Hopkins of the Hudson Bay Co...

November 19, 2017

From the distant past that is the year 1997,  from the depths of my studio: rarest of the Rare Birds of North America:  The ALLEGHENY Question MARK

If mankind is slowly beginning to unveil some of the great secrets of the Universe, the mystery of the Allegheny Qu...

November 19, 2017

"Swiftly swiftly flew the ship,

Yet she sailed softly too

Sweetly, sweetly blew the breeze.

On me alone it blew.

Oh! dream of joy! is this indeed

The light-house top I see? Is this the hill?

is this the kirk?

Is this mine own countree? "

(The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - S.T....

November 18, 2017

The Salton Sea, once a vacationer's paradise, pelicans, pastel colored motels, happy hours, fresh fish in biblical abundance, house boats, clear skies and azure blue but salty water, very salty water, so much so that all creatures at Salton Sea have moved to greener...

November 17, 2017

Excerpt from: "Digging for Gold from Sea to Shining Sea" by Althea Mufflehorn.

"My gold fever has risen up to a toasty 102 degrees Fahrenheit. In my delirium I could almost see the seven golden cities of Cibola. "Wake up!", said I... I was struck by the midsummer bli...

November 16, 2017

What does a "Suisun Bay" Grebe has to do to in order to get half the attention paid to all the loons, ducks, seagulls, and cormorants that feast on Tortilla chips and P.B&J sandwiches offered by tourists at the Golden Gate Bridge vista point?

Well, it does the improba...

November 15, 2017

One hundred years ago, if you had happened to visit a well to do newspaper reading Bostonian reclining on a "chaise longue." You could have glanced over his shoulder and read the following news item: "A young gentleman was found semi- conscious at the foot of a tree y...

November 15, 2017

" Is it a bird?..Is it a Deer?...Is it a tree?...

Silhouetted against the sun, sitting on top of the highest mountain: "...It is a tree!...," or so it would appear to any living creature venturing into the Rocky Mountains.

Enrobed in this ultimate camouflage, the Sta...

November 14, 2017

When a magpie steals a penny from your driveway  it is one thing, when a magpie drops a penny in your birdbath, it is not a magpie! It is rather the first step in this most phenomenal metamorphosis that the North Atlantic
Killer Whale Wisher is about to undergo.

It begi...

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