special places

The wild side of Bristol

Bristol, RI is probably most famous for being home to the oldest continuous Independence Day Celebration in the country. Seriously, people start yelling “Happy Fourth (or Fowth depending on how long you’ve lived in RI for)” to each other in early June.  The whole two weeks leading up to the parade is slightly chaotic mix of free outdoor […] Read more…

The RISD Nature Lab, Providence, RI

The Rhode Island School of Design (aka RISD) maintains a very special place to inspire their students to engage with our biological realm. The Nature Lab was created in 1937 by faculty member Edna Lawrence, for the purpose of “supporting hands-on creative investigation and research into the relationships inherent in the dynamic living world.” This […] Read more…

Colt State Park, Bristol, RI

I have a similar conundrum with Colt State Park as I do with Mt. Hope Farm. The place is so large and the scenery so varied, I’m intimidated trying to capture its essence with words or photographs. I’m just going to have to ask you to trust me – you need to stop by here […] Read more…

Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol, RI

It’s pretty crazy that I’m just writing about Mt. Hope Farm now (other than quick Moonwalk mentions), considering I go there at least once a week. I think I’ve just been intimidated by the idea of trying to capture all the parts of it that make it so special. It’s my favorite place to watch […] Read more…

Point Lobos State Reserve Carmel, CA

Another beautiful spot we visited on our 2010 honeymoon was Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel,CA. The day was a bit dreary, but the weather did nothing to diminish the incredible, wild beauty of this place. Meadows were filled with so many new-to-me colorful coastal scrub plants and seals slept lazily in rocky coves. From December to […] Read more…

Shelburne Farms, VT

I’m not going to say much about Shelburne Farms, except GO THERE NOW. Actually, most of the property is closed November through April, but MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR NOW. I had heard that Shelburne Farms was awesome, I knew it was a large working farm with lots of great educational programs. But nothing could […] Read more…

Moonrise Walk at Mt. Hope Farm

The Bristol Land Conservation Trust hosted another Moonrise Walk with Mt. Hope Farm this year. Our event was part of series of more than 60 scheduled outdoor activities called RI Land Trust Days, a two month-long celebration of land trusts in RI. This year, the skies were even clearer and we didn’t need our StarMap app […] Read more…

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