Friday, December 13, 2013

Red Rock: More Nature vs. Man-Made

Reflecting on this image from my recent trip to Red Rock Canyon National Park outside Vegas, I was wondering why I feel so connected to this place. Is it the overwhelming expanse of sky that puts me in my place? The muted palette that forces me to notice subtle detail? The spareness of plant material that reminds me of the deep meaning of adaption and sustainability? The rock formations that expose me to geologic time?
And then, there is the jet-trail, a reminder that even though I feel I am surrounded by nature, I am also surrounded by human effects on nature. And while I heard it snowed in Jerusalem today, it it forecast to be raining in Stockholm tomorrow. Something is out-of-joint...and of course, I fly to Vegas, Sweden and Guatemala. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Plant Artifacts from the 1893 Columbian Exposition

Interesting small exhibit in the Chicago Field Museum from their vaults. I was most compelled by this rope, which I believe was made of hemp (but don't quote me)! Here is a touching artifact for plant geeks...