Friday, October 9, 2015

Crow's Path summer photos and Hello from Oregon!

Checking out the inner workings of a sharp-shinned hawk
The great Ale Dietschi!
A wild George spotted in the path! Clickity clack!
Pouring tea into knotweed teacups from our trusty kettle named Arnold
And enjoying our tea
Masters of relaxation innovation, Lauren and Pax with the hose hammock
Blue Star Kadet Sylvie showing off her new shirt
This little gremlin snuck onto our Long Trail trip so we made him a lemon meringue pie with gummy bears...
Crooks McGovern in action
Ty keeping spirits high in the rain!
Canoe squad getting ready to hit the high seas
A+ facial expressions here
And then I hit the road...
 with Hector and Farple guiding the way
Biking through the Craters of the Moon magic lava land with Kindle
Permaculture paradise on Orcas Island
Amazing wetland restoration...not bad for an old potato field
Back to the Northwest woods!
Going to war against the Himalayan Blackberry with Stanley Man Dad of Sam. This area is now planted with pineapple guava, blueberries, fuzzy kiwi, and silverberries.
The mighty Spokane River
Camping along the Ohanapecosh River, watching salmon come to the end of their long journey back from the ocean
Cascadian goodness!
Mt Adams at sunset
 The largest flock of banana slugs ever captured on film!
Sunrise at Cape Kiwanda
Alpine George in the flesh! On Mt. Rainier. (I told you he was real.)
And of course the little nephews, a huge motivator for getting back to the Northwest.
Chowing down on fresh strawberries with my man Bear.

So there's a little bit of what I've been up to now that I'm back in the Northwest. I'm missing the Crow's Path community like crazy. There's little memories or stories that pop into my head everyday that make me laugh out loud and think back on so many amazing times at the field school. What an incredible community we've created out there. It's a totally unique experience looking at it from afar and hearing the little trickles of stories come through from Lauren, Teage and Mo. I'm sure you all are having an amazing Fall session at the field school and I can't wait to visit you all soon. And don't forget to stop by Oregon when you're out this way, or send any misbehaving children my way :)



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Parachuters film

The highly-acclaimed, much anticipated new release from Crow's Path cinemas! Starring Gus Barkyoumb and Toby Hecht.
and here's a link to a higher resolution version...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Alive

Despite wet and cold conditions this past week (and month!!), we had a wonderful time this April during April Alive! Though many of our wild edibles are yet to emerge, we were still able to make delicious pizzas using trout lily, wild leeks, basswood buds, and stinging nettles. For photos from the week click on the image below. And all of the photos are courtesy of our amazing kid photographers.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Photos from Fall session at Field School

Leaf fortress prior to leaf fight! Food for the garden worms

 The calmest you'll ever see Nevin, asleep in the hammock we built.

 Keepin cozy
 Mo reading Winnie the Pooh
 Our first successful flaming arrows, after many a failed attempt
 Sage is floating in front of the Hickory!

 Robin the Druid
 Epic acorn harvest
 2 peas in a hammock
 Can you spot the wild Micah?
 Woodchuck roasting on a spit
Wax hands!

Crow's Path Cinemas feature presentation

The highly acclaimed film from Crow's Path Cinemas. See you at Sundance kiddos!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tiny Adventures: Parting Gifts

     To set the tone for the changing of the season, I'd like to share this video of acorn bliss from this past week.  Kiddos have been joining the ranks of the Blue Jays and Gray Squirrels participating in this year's acorn mast.


     The times they are a changing, and this week's Spreading Joy challenge will turn our minds and hearts to the winged things starting their big journey to their wintering grounds.  Make a parting gift for the winged traveller of your choice.  Find out which creatures leave Vermont for the winter (don't forget butterflies and bats!), and create something to help send them on their way.  This could be a tasty energy packed treat, a song, a dance…really anything that lets that creature know you're sending it with blessings on its journey.

     Or, if you like, make a gift for a winged friend that chooses to stay and brave the winter alongside us.  There hasn't passed a winter that the Black-Capped Chickadee hasn't lifted my spirits as it continues to live and play alongside me in the snow.

    OR! Consider the species that actually travel from colder climates to spend their winter in balmy Vermont.  Make them a welcome back gift that celebrates their hardiness.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tiny Adventures - Nature Mysteries

An ant discovering a tiny world
Carrying on with the theme of tiny, this week's challenge is to find a tiny world and study it. At the Field School, we create fairy houses, build orc shelters, discover hidden lairs, caverns, hideaways, magical lyceums, and so many other worlds. We imagine them inhabited by Dale the Fire Gnome, Kludos Bagma, Spiro Sardis, and all other creatures of the woods. When I go home, inspired by the imaginations of the kids, I seek out these tiny worlds.

The challenge is to go out in your backyard with your kid(s) and find one of these tiny worlds. Imagine you were a famous explorer and naturalist like Isabella Bird, investigating a new, previously unknown world. Who lives there? How do they construct their homes? What things are they afraid of? What things might they eat? What signs do they leave behind? To find my tiny world I went to a service road and watched ants running back and forth over the gravel. I followed one ant as it made its way up a landscape rock, then paused on the moss for a while before running off in search of food. You're the first person to ever witness this tiny world! Be a naturalist, describe, draw, inquire, explore!

7-bug challenge
To go a step further, you can take the 7-bug challenge. It's one of my favorite ways of getting myself to look closer. It'll get harder with the waning warm weather and chilly (34 degrees on Thursday) nights, but still possible. The 7-bug challenge is simple: find a shrub or tree nearby, and don't leave until you've found 7 different insects (or sign of their presence). On the short way back to my front door, I found another tiny world in the branch of a black locust. The more I looked the more I saw. Mystery after mystery opened up. Initially I was full of questions, and then my questions turned into answers. See the photos below for my 7-bug challenge. Feel free to post drawings or photos below.

Bonus question: What in the world is in the photo below? I found it on the ground, but there were tons more growing on a plant twisting up my neighbor's fence. Feel free to post guesses as comments.