Guns, geese and bears by the pair

| Dec 6, 2006

Guns, geese and bears by the pair

We leaned back in our seats and gazed at the ruins of the goose. Our hut on Devon Island was festooned with decorations we’d made from toilet paper, and the five of us — the Arctic Institute of North America’s wintering party in Canada’s ...

Bear-faced cheek and jumbo bugs

| Nov 1, 2006

Bear-faced cheek and jumbo bugs

One of the best perks I get from the wild woods is honey. Mr. Matsuki, our forester up here at the Afan Woodland Trust in Nagano Prefecture, is a beekeeper who prefers to encourage wild Japanese bees — whose honey has a very delicate ...

Tackling the cedar-pollen blight

| Oct 4, 2006

Tackling the cedar-pollen blight

According to figures given to me by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, about 16 percent of people living in Japan suffer an allergic reaction to pollen from Japanese cedars (Cryptomeria japonica). In the Greater Tokyo area this increases from one-in-six to an astonishing one-in-four people. ...

Tree of the Baskervilles

| Sep 6, 2006

Tree of the Baskervilles

I was in Britain from July 6 to July 13 this summer, and on the Saturday of July 8, my companions and I stayed at Baskerville Hall just outside Hay-on-Wye, a beautiful and very historic little town in the Welsh county of Powys on ...

Yearning for Canada's high north

| May 3, 2006

Yearning for Canada's high north

I spent most of the latter part of March in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have friends and family there, and when the cherry and magnolia trees blossom and the mountains still gleam with snow, Vancouver is a very special place to be. On my ...