Category Archives: Ecology

There’s More To This Plot Than the Title

I spent this past weekend working at the Highland Titles booth at the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton (California). I first heard about Highland Titles a few years ago when I stopped by the Highland Titles booth and had … Continue reading

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Modern Idiocy At an Ancient Site

  Yesterday, the BBC reported that someone has vandalized the Ring of Brodgar, one of the many—and certainly one of the most spectacular—ancient sites on the Island of Orkney. At 341 feet in diameter it is the third largest stone … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge the Land By the Title

I first heard about Highland Titles a few years ago. I was at the Scottish Highland Gathering and Games in Pleasanton (California) when I stopped by the Highland Titles booth and had a nice chat with Stephen Rossiter. We talked about … Continue reading

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Rocking Stones ~ Clach-Bràth

I was going through some old photographs from when I lived up in the California Sierra Nevada near Yosemite National Park. I had taken a photo of a very large rock that was sitting upon other rocks, but it didn’t look … Continue reading

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Mountains & Munros

Oftentimes people will talk of “hunting a wild haggis” in the Scottish countryside. They may also talk of “bagging a Munro”. The second statement has a lot more believability than the first. Named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856-1919), … Continue reading

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Nonscents

I wasn’t planning on making any of the travel plans for the trip to Scotland (Alba, pronounced “Al-up-a” in Scottish Gaelic, Gàidhlig) until later on this spring. It was a combination of intuition, boredom in the moment, and excitement for … Continue reading

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Cross-Quarter Days & Groundhogs

In America, February 2nd is “Groundhog Day”. If you’re not familiar with this celebration, I suggest you watch the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day (1993). If you’re not familiar with this celebration, I suggest you watch the Bill Murray movie, … Continue reading

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