Monday, October 5, 2015


I remember in High School enjoying geometry as the only math I could grasp. There was something familiar about it and it helped me understand matter in a way that later became useful in my appreciation of my true love biology. It is in every sense sacred and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn some of it’s many faces.

In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon—the Matsés peoples of Brazil and Peru—have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable. The encyclopedia, compiled by five shamans with assistance from the conservation group Acaté, details every plant used by Matsés medicine to cure a massive variety of ailments.

"This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls".- John Muir
Space - the endless frontier......and we are just getting started!

After New Horizons probe's historic flyby of planet Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA plans to get the tiny craft even further. New Horizons is now slated to reach a tiny icy body in the Kuiper belt on New Year's Day, 2019, but scientists believe that beyond that region a hidden planet may be lurking, the famous Planet X. This is not to be confused with the Planet X in the 50’s SciFi movie, “The Man from Planet X” that gave me nightmares for years. What is cool about this is that IF there is another planet out there then it too is of course a part of the ebb and flow of our solar system. It is interesting to imagine what that might be.

Here on our own planet science continues to open new vistas in the understanding of plate tectonics and it’s influence on our planetary super-structure. Check out this latest model of what might be going on under the mid-pacific and that has created the islands we have become familiar with.

In a unique and ground-breaking operation, scientists plan to search for evidence of Stone Age human activity on Britain's very own 'Atlantis' - a vast prehistoric land, once located between England and southern Scandinavia, which was engulfed by rising sea levels some 7500 years ago. This is especially interesting because a good 10% of the ancient coastlines of the continents are now submerged and could have evidence of a far larger and older human occupation then we currently accepted.

And then there are questions raised by structures such as this. Highly controversial but fascinating to contemplate...and why not?

First Nations “Mrs. Universe” not going to go into the night lightly – Hurrah!! Her name is Ashley Callingbull.

A “high” moment (two years ago) during my campaign to include the El Cardonal area in the proposed Protected Area for Breeding Humpbacks.....and we got it. Now the laboratory! Still in the works and I am confidant it will happen – patience as a virtue is particularly the case in my dear Mexico.

The picture below was taken a couple of years ago when I captured my really good friend and neighbor Carla playing with her grand-daughter Case-Noel. Sweet moment!

And here is a pic of my dear and good friends in Palo Alto who put me up in their home for a number of days before my flight down here.

 Steve & Briel

 And this -

Ahhh….levity, subtle humor – where would we be without it?

I am El Cardonal once again. This time staying in the beautiful home built by my partners, "The Q's". I am open for very special company. e-mail first!!