Archive for Mystery and Grace

Wolf Howls

Mystery and Grace on October 24th, 2013 No Comments

The following audio was recorded in March 2013 at Yellowstone National Park.  It was early morning and there were about 9 wild wolves howling from the Lamar Valley pack.  Wolves often howl for no apparent reason, but you can hear that they all sound different – there’s not one stereotypical howl. Some find it eerie […]

Killer Whale Calls

Mystery and Grace, Travels, Whales on October 22nd, 2013 7 Comments

The following audio was recorded in early October in Haro Straight off San Juan Island in Washington.  There were about 20 whales or so – if you close your eyes, you can picture the backdrop of a jungle just as easily as the ocean. A hydrophone was used to capture the sounds, and although it […]

"Lazy Point" Receives Excellent Advance Reviews

Climate Change, Mystery and Grace, News, The View From Lazy Point on December 2nd, 2010 4 Comments

Booklist calls Carl Safina’s upcoming book, The View From Lazy Point; A Natural Year in an Unnatural World,  “A book of beautifully modulated patterns and gracefully stated imperatives.” Click here to read the full review! Lazy Point will be available on bookshelves in January 2011 so stay tuned…

Killers of the Davenport Hills

Mystery and Grace, Whales on April 16th, 2010 No Comments

Thanks to Tony Lorenz and Nancy Black of the Monterey Bay Whalewatch, I was able to get out to search for what I called the Killers of the Davenport hills (because we found them off Davenport). These are actually transient killer whales, and the day before they’d killed a gray whale calf. In the small […]

Spring Tragedy

Mystery and Grace, Whales on April 9th, 2010 4 Comments

Wednesday April 7, 2010 – This morning I got a call from my friend, photographer John Todaro ( a young whale was washing ashore the main beach in town. I met him down there and, yes, a juvenile Humpback Whale was in the surf, alive. Unlike the whale in my children’s book (, for this […]

On the Word Creation…

Mystery and Grace on September 16th, 2009 2 Comments

The following video and text originally appeared on filmmaker David Conover’s blog. Words matter. Learning to say hello in the native language of a country that you visit matters. A matter of connection, of civility, of grace. Sometimes the word environment suffers from misuse, and may not be the best word of hello among scientists […]

Matters of Morality

Climate Change, Mystery and Grace on September 16th, 2009 2 Comments

The following video and text originally appeared on filmmaker David Conover’s blog  Simply noticing and recording the disturbing trends of a degraded world is a virtue of science and all those practicing it. The process reveals a lot of information about the world around us. But information alone is not enough to mobilize action […]

The Love of Mystery

Mystery and Grace on July 25th, 2007 7 Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle’s online SFGate recently (Friday, July 20, 2007) carried an article titled: “Please Never Find A Giant Squid,” by Mark Morford ( His thesis: “We haven’t really captured a live one yet… [He means healthy, but let him go on] Can we right now put out a… meek and humble supplication to […]

The Beatitudes for Ecologists/Environmentalists

Mystery and Grace on June 18th, 2007 5 Comments

June 17, 2007 My friend Pastor Ken Wilson from the Vineyard Churches wrote this variation on the Beatitudes. As anyone working to conserve nature is steeped in bad news and must work from hope, this reminds us of the power and beauty at the core of our concerns and efforts. – Carl The Beatitudes for […]