After 33 years of living in Boston, my wife and I finally escaped New England winters and moved to Berkeley! To put it simply, we are in love—with each other, of course, but with Berkeley and the incredible beauty of the Bay Area and the East Bay hills.
Every time I walk through the beautiful campus of the University of California, every time I hike up a fire trail in Strawberry or Claremont Canyons, I feel so blessed by the natural beauty I see all around me.
So, in this blog, I want to celebrate this natural beauty of Berkeley and its local environs—the landscape, the climate, the weather, the animals, plants, the geology, and the ecosystem of the Berkeley Hills area. Because of my background as a science writer and editor, I’ll try to bring the eyes of science as well as the eyes of love to what I write about.
So, welcome to Berkeley, Naturally! I hope that my newcomer’s eyes will help your eyes see through the familiar to the extraordinary and better appreciate the amazing and beautiful place many of us call home.