Tromp Blog

The Outdoor Poet: Stephen Kessler

Anderson Valley grapevines photographed by T Chu.

A prosem not quite in praise of California vines.

The Outdoor Poet: Alan Cheuse

Sunset in Santa Cruz by Mark Sebastian on Creative Commons.

NPR's "voice of books" reflects on summertime in Santa Cruz.

Beneath The Waves Film Fest

What better way to celebrate World Oceans Day? Photo by Brendan Bane.

June 8th marked World Oceans Day and the launch of the Sanctuary Exploration Center’s first annual Beneath the Waves Film Festival, a screening of short films on ocean life and conservation.

High-Speed Slo-Mo Nature

Tracking Sudden Oak Death

Bay tree with signs of carrying pathogen that causes sudden oak death. Photo by Erin Loury.

In a different kind of bay watch, citizen scientists scour the forest for bay trees carrying the fungus that is so deadly to California's oaks.

The Outdoor Poet: Ellen Bass

Photo of Saturn by the Hubble Space Telescope

The mysteries of space and sea.

The Emma McCrary Trail Rocks

Mountain biker on Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip in Santa Cruz, California. Hilltromper photo.

It sweeps and swoops along the hillside above Highway 9 and the river for 1.5 miles, and it's probably going to make you feel happy when you go there.

The Outdoor Poet: David Sullivan

This week's Outdoor Poet features transplanted Vermonter David Allen Sullivan, who teaches film and literature at Cabrillo College. The poem is At the Mouth of the San Lorenzo.

Fast Raft to Pt Lobos

Fast Raft Capt. Laurence Henry. Hilltromper photo.

... and an encounter with a pod of Risso's Dolphins.

The Outdoor Poet: Charles Atkinson

Our weekly poetry feature busts out of the gate with three by Charles Atkinson.