Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

    A night-blooming Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible. Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant. To learn more about […]

The Cattle Have a Church

This 200′ sandstone column is called Church Rock. It sits just off US Route 191 near Monticello in southeastern Utah. As the lore goes, in the 1930’s Maria Ogden and her Utopian community Home of Truth had plans to chisel out the entire center of this rock to create a church. They got as far […]

Saving a Family Treasure

The before and after photos on a restoration project I recently completed, which made an 85-year-old woman extremely happy in the wake of the only existing copy of her grandfather’s portrait falling off the wall. In addition to the frame and glass smashing, at some earlier time moisture got under the glass, sticking the photograph […]

The house needs a little work, but the views are fantastic …

I recently took a trip through the northeastern part of California, travelling back home through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I was in awe of the beauty of this space. Snow-capped mountains sat majestically soaking up the mid-day sun, no tourists eyes gazing upon them except those of my travelling companion and me. We came upon this […]

Sand Storm – White Sands, NM

My Uncle Clyde has passed away, so I don’t get over to New Mexico much anymore, but when he was alive we would make a trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico every July to visit him on his birthday. While we were there we would make a day trip to White Sands National Monument, which isn’t too […]