“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
-William Shakespeare


“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”- John Muir


I am all about losing time in beautiful places- and that’s not really a waste, is it?  My beautiful places are mostly not man-made, though the creativity of people has decorated the land with things both base and beautiful. I lose time and myself in the movement of feet across snow and dirt and rock, feet lifting fins through water, hands dipping paddle into waves, leg thrusting shovel into earth to create a haven for a new plant.

My beloved Tigger, big, sensible, and dog-like

My beloved Tigger, big, sensible, and dog-like

I have a hell-bent-for-leather job working with the public from a cubicle  in the downtown area of an urban center on the West Coast. At the end of the day, I travel home on a slow and soporific train along the Puget Sound waterfront, drive over a bridge and through farmland, and arrive home to a rural oasis still intact within a metastatic expanse of urban sprawl.

My companions are two horses, a large river with a mind of its own, and thousands of critters that use the restored wildlife habitat of this 100-year old failed farmland.

Whenever asked, I sign up to share my landscape and restoration experiences – good, bad, and jungly- as a regular volunteer presenter for community habitat groups, environmental education centers, the zoo, and garden clubs and organizations.

I stay outdoors on the weekends, at home or in the mountains, deserts, and marine areas of the Pacific Northwest.  Travels usually include national parks and monuments, here and elsewhere.  I express my thoughts and impressions in photographs, drawings, and words. You’ll find all of these in this blog- I hope you enjoy! Monica