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#38 Maybe if I turn my thinking around

By Cathryn Wellner / May 25, 2011

Franke James has a Green Conscience. Fortunately for the planet, she’s bothered by it. She’s even used that phrase as the title of a book Bothered By My Green Conscience. I’m a big fan of Franke’s visual essays. She jumps into the muck where a lot of political pundits, climate scientists, and environmentalists keep mud […]

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#33 Birders bring the twittering world to my computer

By Cathryn Wellner / May 23, 2011

This morning one of my Twitter pals, @guurrbi, sent a link to photos he had just uploaded on Facebook. The link is public. You don’t have to be registered on Facebook to enjoy these birds from Cooktown, Queensland, Australia. That’s where Nugal-warra Elder, Wilfred (Willie) Gordon and Judy Bennett run Guurrbi Tours. I’m fascinated by […]

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#31 Placing my bets on the dandelion

By Cathryn Wellner / May 22, 2011

In spring and summer the gardens in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park are manicured. Park employees spend hours keeping them that way. They plant bulbs in the fall and deadhead them when the tulips die back next spring. They prune the roses and space the geraniums so they’ll show a mass of red. They water and weed […]

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#29 Song of the marsh

By Cathryn Wellner / May 21, 2011

The marsh falls quiet in winter, except for the occasional quack or honk of an over-wintering mallard or Canada goose. I enjoy the hush, but as soon as February appears on the calendar, I tune my ears to the music of the red-winged blackbird. They return around the end of the first week of February […]

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#21 From egg to flight, a robin’s life

By Cathryn Wellner / May 19, 2011

Videographer Fred Margulies makes it look easy in this beautiful homage to new life. But anyone who’s ever made a video knows how much thought, time, and skill goes into editing four weeks of filming into a film that’s 3:33 minutes long. So Margulies’ “Robins: 4 Eggs, 4 Weeks” makes me hopeful for two reasons. […]

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#18 Fungi might save the world

By Cathryn Wellner / May 18, 2011

Who knew the humble fungus could be such a mighty little mushroom? Paul Stamets has created a successful business out of understanding and promoting the culinary and medicinal assets of the ubiquitous mycelium. But he goes farther than those more obvious mushroom benefits. Mycelium is the ultimate natural builder and networker. Stamets says, “fungi were […]

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#11 The turtles are back

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2011

Every fall the two turtles disappear into the mud of the Rotary Marsh. Every spring we wonder if they will emerge or succumb to cold, predators or whatever else threatens small turtles. They emerged again this spring, and this time there are three turtles. Junior is actually about half grown. Where did he hide from […]

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#9 Okanagan sunflowers

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Every spring the sunny faces of arrowleaf balsamroot dot the hillsides around Okanagan Lake. I’d never seen them with a double layer of petals so was particularly taken by these.

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#7 Swearing off plastic

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Kermit was right. “It’s not that easy being green.” His lyrics were about being happy with who you are, but it’s no wonder they’ve been adopted by environmentalists. It’s pretty hard to get through the day without making compromises of one sort or another. Take plastics, for instance. My partner and I both consider ourselves […]

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#4 Reflections on Lake Okanagan

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2011

Reflections like these are rare on our beautiful lake in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia’s southern interior. On most days at least some breath of wind ripples the water’s surface.

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