Talking about landscapes with Tressa Mancini

Tressa Mancini is a photographer from Montana. She shares pictures of the Rocky Mountains and rural landscapes that demonstrate her connection to the land. In today’s interview, we talk with Tressa about her work and the awe that can be found in nature.

Porches and Sitting Rooms

The porch is this amazing human creation that allows us to be outside, yet maintain the safety of the indoors. Charlie Hailey, in a recent essay printed in Orion Magazine, provides us with an exploration into how the porch can be a doorway between us and the natural world.

The Sense of Wonder

The reasons for wanting to pass down knowledge can be various, but what remains the same is the underlying hope that others can benefit from your experiences. Today we have two books from accomplished authors that contribute to creating a sense of wonder in the natural world.

Poems about Mushrooms

Emily Dickinson wrote: “Had Nature an Apostate-/ That Mushroom -it is Him!”. These lines seem to be a recognition that mushrooms don't follow all the laws of nature. Mushrooms are a breed unto themselves. Today we have four poems that investigate the fungal kingdom.

Poems about Sunflowers

At the end of summer, sunflowers are noticeable parts of the landscape. Poets William Blake and Kenneth W. Porter have both written about the sunflower. However, their poems feel very different.

Garden Poems

Gardens can provide us with food for our bodies and souls. Poets can help us see that connection in a new way. In today's post we have three poems that look at gardening featuring poets Beatrix Potter, Edgar Guest, and Karina Borowicz.

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