Seeing the Green Fire is a blog about ecology, conservation, education, and experiencing the natural world.
The name comes from a passage in Aldo Leopold’s essay Thinking Like a Mountain.
“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have know ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
The green fire, to me, represents all of the beautiful, the fierce, and the wild things in this world. More than that, the green fire is a deep understanding of and passion for the land and its inhabitants, and the ecological connects between them.
I don’t claim to posses an unparalleled knowledge of the natural world, but understanding is a journey, not a destination. This blog is an attempt to share my own experiences on that path through writings and photographs.
I expect to post new material every week or so, as time permits. Feedback, suggestions, and questions are always welcome.