— Recent Journal essays and notes on plants, places and people —

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An Early Spring; February Faces at Windcliff

  February of 2015 will be remembered, among other things,  for the whomping rumble of … Read More

A spire of limestone rising through fog and mist in China

Three Tree Moments

I am home again, reunited with family and garden. The dogs no longer growl when I come into the … Read More

Foggy mountain valley in Vietnam.

Perpetual Fog, Wind, & Rain in North Vietnam

In 2003, Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones and I spent several weeks together in the mountains of northern … Read More

Two friends smiling on a mountaintop.

The Utter Magic of the Unexpected

Since leaving the botanical buffet of Shennongjia- indeed one of the most diverse floras our … Read More