I'm not lost, I'm exploring
Ramble along with maps, guides, references, and more.
EcoRamble - A branch of Canzona Technologies

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
Albert Einstein

The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.

Dorothy Parker

Inspector Martin: By George! How ever did you see that?
Sherlock Holmes: Because I looked for it.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
John Muir
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.

David Wagoner
All God's critters got a place in the choir
Some sing low, some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they got

Bill Staines

EcoRamble mobile apps are free, designed for offline use, and won't distract you with ads.

  • Download maps, guides, GPS tracks, or ID references or create your own.
  • Guides may contain maps, pictures, text, and links to other pictures or websites.
  • Create self-guided tours.
  • Create ID references for plants, animal tracks, geology, or anything else.
  • Create fun quests. Participants earn points by finding things, taking pictures of their discoveries, and optionally sharing with others. A nature quest might award points for finding a bright-blue insect, an animal track with five toes, a round leaf, a flower with pink pollen, or anything appropriate for the location, time of year, and knowledge and patience of likely participants.
  • Enhance your own EcoRamble guides with Photo Sieve®.
  • Watch the demo or get the app.

Download a map, guide, quest, or reference

"Outdoor adventure" may conjure up thoughts of real or virtual visits to Africa, Antarctica, Galapagos Islands, or a tropical rain forest. Visiting such places is an awesome experience but even after years of exploring close to home, I still discover amazing new things. Look for the exotic in the familiar, seek new perspectives, and value what you can also touch. Sometimes it's just being in the right place at the right time. Look someplace you never looked before. Go at different times of day, in different seasons, and during different weather conditions. Look for relationships that enhance the wonder and ask why.

As a visitor, show respect by considering your impact.

Some areas are specifically designated for hunting, mining, or collecting. Most areas are not. Think of those who will come after you, expecting an experience at least as good as yours. If you are tempted to take more than pictures or leave more than footprints, remember that someone else already took (or left) the one that won't make any difference.

In "Arcturus" (1859), Emily Dickinson writes:
I pull a flower from the woods -
A monster with a glass
Computes the stamens in a breath -
And has her in a "class"!

In "Lost" (1971), David Wagoner writes:
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.

When we encounter something, it's tempting to put it in a class and move on. While it's nice to know the names of things, next time also consider how Raven or Wren might see the same thing.

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