Leopold Legacies — how he came to preserve the Gila Wilderness

Aldo Leopold It is autumn 1919, in a wild and scenic area of New Mexico’s Gila Forest. A young assistant district forester named Aldo Leopold is on horseback, trying to imagine what his surroundings will be like if a proposed road system goes through, a "civilizing" influence becoming all too familiar in other forests of the Southwest. Not here, he resolves. Something must be done to save it so future generations will be able to enjoy the purity and beauty [...] Read more »

Kneeling Nun Legends

The Kneeling Nun monolith. Photo by Dianna Dobbs "What would you, holy maiden Of that rock face, cold and grim? Were you seeking for a loved one When you knelt in prayer to Him?" These first lines, from an early 1900s poem entitled "The Kneeling Nun," were written by Lou Curtis Foster, the niece of a Silver City Judge. The pathos of the words beautifully expresses the feelings of wonder that Santa Rita’s famous volcanic monolith inspires in all but [...] Read more »

Beating the Winter Blahs - the Lake Roberts way

Lake Roberts in the winter. Ever get the "winter blahs?" It is a state of mind that strikes around mid-January, then reaches its peak in the middle of March. Here at Lake Roberts it doesn’t normally end until we see the first greening of trees and smell the warm sweetness in the air that tells us spring is about to be sprung from a cold, colorless landscape. Here at Lake Roberts, the best remedy for the winter blahs is some [...] Read more »

Hummingbird — close encounters, legends, and a festival

Technorati Tags: wildlife,hummingbird If there is one way to describe being French kissed by a hummingbird, it is “smile.” Bill Calder, a veteran “bander” of these tiny creatures, does just that when he tells how he felt the tongue of a broad-tail touch his own on one of his expeditions. “It was a female, of course,” he adds with a puckish grin. This close encounter of the “hummer” kind isn’t all that unusual, says Calder. A colleague of his was [...] Read more »

September Wildflowers in the Gila

Apache Plum.  Photo by the Author.   "Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue."  John Muir wrote this in another time, another place, but his words beautifully describe New Mexico’s Gila Forest country in September. Faster than you can say "Summer is over," the region seems to be rushing into fall ahead of schedule, even though the season does not officially begin until later this month.  Red, yellow and orange foliage is [...] Read more »