November 7, 2019

This from the book "The Overstory" by Richard Powers, 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction

....a simple machine needing no fuel and little maintenance, one that steadily sequesters carbon, enriches the soil, cools the ground, scrubs the air, and scales easily to any size.  A...

July 5, 2019

Since we are now living in what is essentially a runaway chemical reaction (too much carbon in our atmosphere) it has been my view that the only way we'll ever save civilization (not the world - the world will be fine, albeit a very different place) will be to figure o...

March 19, 2019

There's been alot of chatter in the last week or so about the massive population explosion of painted lady butterflies in Southern California.  Billions have emerged and are feeding on the bounty of fresh flowers and plants that have grown in response to the heavy rain...

February 5, 2019

Pardon my sarcasm - but I am stunned with this news.  They think they have found what's killing the bees that are shipped in to the central valley to pollinate the almond trees every year at this time.  This REALLY took some major sleuthing - and years of effort - to f...

January 16, 2019

Happy New Year, everybody.  Our hopes and wishes for a successful, healthy, prosperous and happy 2019 to all!

At MBLC, we're thrilled the rains have finally returned.  The accumulated grime, dirt, grit and pollution from over 180 days with no rain has finally been washe...

July 31, 2018

There are many challenges for plants, shrubs and trees in the urban landscape, but in San Francisco, the biggest challenge is undeniably dogs.

There are more dogs than children in this city.  Almost every new dwelling built in the city in the last 20 years has been in a...

June 19, 2018

Earlier this month, I flew to NYC to join Jeff for a long weekend in the city and celebrate another trip around the sun.  As is usually the case when I go to New York, I get Friday to myself to explore and wander the city.  This year I decided to take a good close look...

May 1, 2018

The last stop on our urban landscape tour in Seattle was at the new Amazon Spheres, an installation of 3 glass domes that are filled with tropical plants including orchids, palms, bromeliads and some plants so rare they no longer exist in the wild.  The domes also incl...

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