Fish swimming in water above rocks

A Great Fish, A Native Fish

Some 20 years ago, I wrote this article while trying to save part of a wildlife corridor in danger of being lost to development. I didn’t succeed, but hope springs...

Earthfire Journal
17 January 2017

Sun Time

I write as the sun tracks across the sky, marking the passing of the (time) day as clearly as a clock. Two hours ago it was barely above the mountains. Now it is higher in the sky pouring light and heat through the window and creating magical sparkles in the fields of snow.

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD --

An older friend, Allan, who lives part-time in New York City, was telling me how young people walking the streets keep asking him for directions, with their GPS in their hands. One young man couldn't figure out how to get to 7th Avenue from his GPS. Allan said they often didn't have clue - felt lost. I suggested he give them a quick lesson in basic directions - that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. He thought I was joking but I wasn't. New York is laid on on a north/south, east/west grid pattern. The numbers rise from east to west and downtown to uptown. To use the sun brings a touch of nature and our place in it, if we use it to orient ourselves. Feeling oriented is a very...

In the dead of winter, as I drive over Teton Pass from Earthfire to Jackson Hole, I am always impressed by the stately presence of the magnificent trees. In the frozen mountain landscape they are stoic silent sentinels to survival. They are gorgeous; inspiring, peaceful; both each individual tree and the whole forest community. I always think of Robert Frosts' poem, "the wood are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep......." If you are dressed right they beckon you into a silent magical world of silence and snow and tall living presences. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening | by Robert Frost Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He...

Profile of a coyote

-- by Deb Matlock, M.A. -- At the time, I lived at about 9,000 feet in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.  I had two lovely dogs, Levi and Kaia.  It was the middle of the day…a bright, sunny, clear, beautiful western day.  Levi and Kaia were basking in the sun while I was hanging laundry on the line. Chickadees were bouncing around the trees and the dry air was warm against my skin. Suddenly, Levi, the more vocally expressive of the two dogs jumped up and started to bark wildly.  It was then that I noticed that Kaia, a 35-pound border collie mix, was standing frozen at the fence, staring intently off towards the shed which was about 30 feet away.  I ran to her and tried to...

-- by Deb Matlock -- As I came out of the store, I was greeted with a touchingly beautiful site. A mother and a child were crouched down watching a spider cross the sidewalk. The child was completely engrossed in this spider’s journey…possibly from the flower planter to the tree a few feet away. After a few moments of intense, silent staring, the child asked the mother, “What is the spider doing?” The mother responded wonderfully. “I am not sure, honey. Spiders have many things they do. All I can tell you is that we need to let the spider do whatever he is doing and not get in the way.” At Earthfire Institute, we often find our conversations circling around to a very...

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