Cookies with a conscience

on Monday, May 31, 2010
Only with a community like IslandWood would we get cookies with a political statement.

Check out that chocolate sprinkle oil spill in Louisiana!


on Friday, May 28, 2010
IslandWood has two resident Barred Owls named Gus and Isabelle. Every year they make a new nest, lay eggs, and have babies. Owlets. We have a owl researcher that comes out once every few months to check on Gus, Isabelle, and the babies when they arrive. A few weekends ago we suspected the owlets were big enough to be banded, so Jaime (owl extraordinaire) came out. He straps a rope to himself and we watch him shimmy up the old snag up to the hole that the nest lies in. He scares Isabelle out of her nest and one by one, he lowers the owlets down to us in a bag. Baby owlets, so fluffy and cute! We weight them, put bands around their feet, and take some time to ooh and ahh and take pictures. Meanwhile, Jaime is still up in the tree and getting dive-bombed by mom. He hoists the owlets back up to their nest and we leave them alone. Jaime came down with only a few bloody wounds.

Isabelle watching from above, ready to strike

Baby in bag


Afterward, Hanae, Charlie and I went on a spontaneous bog expedition. The bog is in bloom with red lichen and purple flowers!


Days like this are the reason why I keep falling in love with my Bogs over and over again, one muddy puddle after another.

Spring Canopy

on Saturday, May 15, 2010
Whats a better way to experience a spring morning than in the forest canopy!

Cedar tree from top to bottom.

The view from the top

360 view from the top!

Never fails

on Wednesday, May 12, 2010
"Love nature, study nature, stay close to nature, and it will never fail you."
-Franklin Lloyd Wright