sense of smell

What’s that Smell?

When someone speaks this phrase they are often indicating that something stinks and they don’t know where it’s coming from. Perfume, fabric softener, and all the strangeness of the cleaning products aisle also come to mind. Our sense of smell is literally attacked by modern fragrances. It’s no wonder that Kamana 2 students, when beginning […]

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urban cemetery sit spot

An Urban Story of Sitting

I love my neighborhood. It is so full of life—eclectic, eccentric, seedy, edgy, quirky, resilient, creative, beautiful life. Until two years ago, I would have said that all this abundance was predominantly of the human variety. Now, of course, I know differently, as I am greeted by display after stunning display of the bounty that […]

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topographical map

Topo Maps for Dummies

I have a confession: I am terrible when it comes to reading topo maps. I think they are amazing tools, I like looking at them, I can glean some information from them, but when it comes to actually using them, I am an adamant beginner! I decided it was time I got some education, so […]

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trees in winter

Connecting with Trees in Winter

I love exploring the woods behind my house in the wintertime. I love the way the wall of green that protects certain areas in the summer lets its guard down for those who are willing to brave the winter cold. I tend to venture into new areas, exploring the hidden hollows and dark thickets that […]

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Travis Bitters

The School That Ties Everything Together

Like most of you, I have spent a lot of time in all types of classrooms.  At university, I studied literary theory, plant taxonomy, ethnobotany, and even how to ride a horse. In the Army, I went through jump school, language school, and how-to-soldier school. However, the most significant school for my career as a […]

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Sit Spot At Pond

Sit Spot for Busy-Bodies

If you are like me, sitting still can be a real challenge. At this time of year everything in nature is bursting with energy, changing and moving about. So much so, that many creatures aren’t even paying much attention to others as they go about their mating ritual, territorial fight or nesting duties. What opportunities […]

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man sitting at sit spot

Sit Spot FAQ’s

The topic that I receive the most questions about is the Sit Spot. It makes sense because it is a new concept to most people, as well as one of the first things introduced in Kamana. I’ve compiled some of these questions and answered them below: My sit spot doesn’t have _______ (insert noun or […]

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How to Sit in the Cold

Sitting in the cold: Why would you want to do it and how you can make it work… If I were to suggest to most people that it’s a great idea to go outside even in the thick of winter and sit on the cold wet ground for half an hour… they might think I’m […]

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Winter wanderings

Kamana in Winter

The crow’s wings flap intensely. The arc of its vertebrae steepens and then flattens out. Its target, a red-taild hawk, shifts its weight to avoid being mobbed. The crows partner cackles and then takes its turn. The three birds fly to the south to find another location for their game. It’s winter and the views […]

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Nature is Everywhere

I was in Dresden, a city in the southeast of Germany which has a population of half a million people. My wife had a meeting in the middle of the city and I was supposed to wait for a couple of hours. I sat on a bench and looked out at a busy place, where […]

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