Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Friday, November 28th, 2014

  • For most, if not all, of us, it's easy to identify the national bird of the United States. But do you know what the national bird of Denmark is, or of Honduras? Ron Toft makes it easy to research such questions in his National Birds of the World.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

  • They say if you've seen one Grand Canyon, you've seen them all. And that's because it's a one-of-a-kind landscape of stone and water, a landscape to lose oneself within. Most visitors gaze into its depths from the rim, but others figuratively fall into its alluring depths for the rest of their lives, exploring every twist and turn of the Colorado River, its trails, and side canyons.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

  • By now, it's getting a bit late to be hiking the entire John Muir Trail. In fact, you should be nearing the end of your trek. But if you've wondered about taking on that long-distance walk next year or the year after, there's a good book you should read.

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

  • Paul Chaplo has created a visual narrative of the Big Bend country of Texas, seen through the eyes of an artist. In a world of drones and Google Earth, Chaplo created his images the old fashioned way: looking through a viewfinder while getting bumped around in a Cessna 172.

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

  • Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorkelers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children's book focuses on coral reefs, and how they're established.

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