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Deerie Me

When I was out in the yard yesterday, it was clear that some of our trees had been damaged.

It wasn’t hard to figure out how.

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Lahuen Ñadi

Southern Chile, that is, the Puerto Montt area, is not only similar to northern California in climate, but it also has trees very similar to sequoias and redwoods. Well, similar climates produce similar responses.

In this case, it’s the alerce, or Fitzroy Cypress, also called the Patagonian Cypress.

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A Change of Latitude

In yesterday’s repost, Give Me Some Latitude, I noted how the northwest coasts of both North America and Europe were similar due to ocean currents, and how that probably led to their similarity in having barefoot cultures.

But there are more ocean currents, and at least one other place in a similar situation.

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Before They Pass Away

There’s a very interesting project out there by a photographer named Jimmy Nelson. The project is Before They Pass Away, looking at some of the few remaining unique human cultures before they all get homogenized away.

An interesting thing (to me) is how many of them still go barefoot.

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Cupressaceae

I wanted to let folks know about a really nice blog entry from Trek Ohio about the Bald Cypress: a Deciduous Conifer. As usual, they have a ton of really good pictures and supplement it with a lot of useful information.

It doesn’t hurt that I really, really like Bald Cypresses.

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Snakebitten

Barefooters will get comments from people who ask if they aren’t concerned about venomous snakes. The thing is, when it comes to such snakes, being barefoot really isn’t that much more dangerous.

I’ve got two snakebite stories here to show that.

[Warning: one of my pictures will be really horrible looking (no, it's not "graphic", the latest euphemism; it's "horrible"), so be careful clicking through.]

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Sweet Gale

I still have a few pictures left over from when I was in northern Wisconsin, so I thought I’d show some of them, and mention my discovery of “sweet gale”.

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There’s a new show about to appear on the Discovery Channel: Man, Cheetah, Wild. The host, Kim Wolhuter, spends a lot of time in it barefoot.

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Barefoot Boggin’

I had a chance to do a bit of a bushwhack, make that a bogwhack, the other day.

Of course, if you are sloggin’ through a bog, bare feet are best.

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Eagle

I’m up in northern Wisconsin. The place where I’m staying has had bald eagles in residence for quite a while. In fact, I got a few long-distance shots of juveniles just this summer, as part of Cove Fauna.

I had one pose for me yesterday afternoon.

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It’s That Time of Year

Autumn’s here. And for some reason that means that the big spiders are out.

So here’s a few pictures of one on my deck.

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Ziplining

When I was in Costa Rica I had the chance to go ziplining.

But when you look at websites for ziplining, they all require closed-toe shoes.

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On the Beach

When I found out I was going to Costa Rica for my niece’s wedding, I read a lot of stuff that said that the beach, with darker volcanic sand, was pretty hot. It was also the time of year that the sun was heading directly overhead on its way back south. So that’s when I decided to try baking myself a Seri Boot.

Here’s the result, along with a description of a hike I took along the beach.

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Let me finish up the wildlife we saw on our tour on the Tempisque River in Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica.

Part 1 was here.

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Tourism is very big in Costa Rica. Very, very big. And part of tourism is taking tours. Which I did.

One of them was on a boat in the Palo Verde National Park.

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