Author Archives: Mike Howe

About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.

Listen on Spotify to a compilation of melodies from 5 nominated and award winning albums


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Beautiful Sonoran Desert

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument on the US/Mexican border, a place of amazing desert plants, quiet solitude, beautiful sunshine and occasional, dramatic rain, but also where reminders of political tensions are never too far away. A strange and beguiling place … Continue reading

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Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park

On a recent road trip throughout the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Southern California we paused in this stunning place to wait for sunset

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A Trip to Grassholm

Originally posted on SAM HOWE FILM:
Grassholm is a small rocky outcrop, 13km off the coast of the Marloes peninsular. In the summer it is home to nearly 80,000 gannets. Dale sailing regularly do trips out to the island and…

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Hills and habitats

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Originally posted on A Wild Joy:
Ominous cloudscapes, mountain roads, music to rip your heart out. Snow flurries warp past the windshield, motion-blur, a starfield simulation. I’m triangulating off gross landscape features, echo-locating. Assigning local meaning, at this manifestation of scale.…

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Always nice to rummage in a mountain farm blanket bog with the magnificent Tryfan in view

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Alps and glaciers, Chamonix/Mont Blanc

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East Meets West

The Siberian airmass arrived on the very Western edge of Wales this week, bringing with it snows, ice, and thousands upon thousands of birds we rarely see in such numbers. Redwing, lapwing, fieldfare and golden plover driven to the edge … Continue reading

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Thoughts, deeds, music

Up here, on the roof of Snowdonia, we have restored the blanket bog and protected the largest and deepest area of peat in Wales. Not only is this good for increasingly rare birds such as curlew and hen harrier, but … Continue reading

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