Category: In the Field

A Walk in the November Woods

(I’m very fortunate to be able to use some photos by Meghan Cassidy in this post. The captions identify which ones are hers, but basically the way to tell is to look for the really good ones – they’re hers!) On a visit to… Continue Reading “A Walk in the November Woods”

Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End

It was almost two weeks into autumn, and summer’s heat held on. On October 6th, when the high temperature in Arlington reached 97ºF, a cold front was scheduled to roll through late in the day. It would be an interesting time to be at… Continue Reading “Being Mindful of Oaks and Hawks at Summer’s End”

Thankfulness on the Lost Mine Trail

On June 19 of 2018, I hiked most of the way up the Lost Mine Trail in the Chisos Mountains within Big Bend National Park, and lost myself for a while in the silence and beauty and peace of the place. I wrote the… Continue Reading “Thankfulness on the Lost Mine Trail”

The “Dunedain” of the Cross Timbers

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings Once again this year I had the privilege… Continue Reading “The “Dunedain” of the Cross Timbers”

Orb-Weavers and Quiet Conversation

In August, mornings are the best times to take a walk, although that advantage begins to disappear not long after 9:00am as the bright burning sun rises to a nice, hot angle overhead. Add a little overnight rain and it’s like wearing a hot,… Continue Reading “Orb-Weavers and Quiet Conversation”

War and Redemption in an East Texas Forest

In honor of my wonderful friend Kelby Dupriest’s birthday today, I’m reprinting the following post that first appeared on “The Great Rattlesnake Highway.” Beautiful that war and all its deeds of carnage must in time be utterly lost, That the hands of the sisters… Continue Reading “War and Redemption in an East Texas Forest”

High Summer at Southwest Nature Preserve

After the long reprieve from Texas heat, with the rains of spring and early summer, we’re back to a more typical August. With temperatures climbing and the sun beating down, I decided it was time to take a walk at Southwest Nature Preserve. I… Continue Reading “High Summer at Southwest Nature Preserve”

At the Grasslands, With Bug Nerds

I’m seeing more of the LBJ National Grasslands this summer than I have in a while, and it’s been wonderful. The rainfall over the past eight or nine months have resulted in a bonanza of plant life, which leads to a bonanza of bug… Continue Reading “At the Grasslands, With Bug Nerds”

This Is Our Land

When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling The voice come chanting as the fog was lifting This land was made for you and me – Woody Guthrie Bang! It’s the Fourth of July. A… Continue Reading “This Is Our Land”

A Shortcut to Nowhere

I climbed up “Kennedale Mountain” today, an old-ish man with pulmonary disease scaling the summit easily. Kennedale Mountain is a ridge at the Southwest Nature Preserve. A primitive trail gently climbs to a sandstone ridge at the top via a series of switchbacks. On… Continue Reading “A Shortcut to Nowhere”