Category Nature

Just Coz

We have a six year old with us this week. And already, we’re remembering that every answer to the question of why is followed by the question of “but why?” “But why does the moth mullein have anthers that look…

Eternity in an Hour

Looking for order. I suppose that’s where I am just now–trying to establish position and purpose in the spinning cosmos of time and place, of the creative and necessary, the urge and the obligation. And I take my clues where…

Western Salsify

It looks a bit like a gigantic dandelion, with the “poofball” as my kids called it up to three inches across. Also called Western Goat’s Beard, Wild Oysterplant, Yellow Salsify, Yellow Goat’s Beard, Meadow Goat’s Beard, Goat’s Beard, Goatsbeard, Common…

The Beautiful Insects of Summer

UPDATE: You can listen to Fred’s radio essay audio of this piece by clicking here. I have an odd confession to make to you: I actually look forward to the insects of summer. If this seems hard to imagine, do…

Bloomery Part TWO

Well I can’t complain about not getting the word out. Thanks again to Glenn for the Insta-lanche of more than 2500 visits yesterday in response to his post about the Unplanted Gardens idea. From those visitors, not so many pix,…

Evolving

I have never been able to figure out this chicken-and-egg relationship between an insect with mouthparts, behaviors and life cycles that are exquisitely adapted to a specific plant species and the plant’s perfect accommodation to and absolute dependence on those…

Orange on Orange

Well, the day lilies are in full and glorious bloom, so that means that the road crews will be along with their mowers to cut them down at their peak of blossom as usual. Maybe this year they’ll take my…

Morning Walk | Venus Looking Glass?

I think I’m in the right genus, but haven’t keyed it to species yet. Those curved anthers should make it relatively easy to distinguish from its kin. UPDATE: Thanks to Rurality for the dope slap and correct ID: American Bellflower.I…

Slow Roads Are Hard to Find

It’s surprising, even with the miles of back roads and gravel roads and side roads in Floyd County how hard it is to pull over when you spot a photo-worthy composition. There’s somebody behind you; it’s a quarter mile to…

Forficula auricularia

Ah, what’s in a name? In this case, more beauty to the ear perhaps than the named is to the eye.But contrary to a long history of misinformation, the earwig does NOT burrow into the ear of someone asleep and…

Hmmmm. My Ears Still Ring.

Nope. It don’t make me wanna holler hiDeeHo! (Reference to _____ — you boomers out there?) I’m talking about two rounds from the .44 magnum short barrel rifle, fired into the bank. I had nothing to shoot at, and didn’t…

Devil’s Horse

I wish internet research wasn’t so much fun. I have work to do. Wait a minute: I AM working–on a piece for the Floyd Press column for July 5–about my favorite insects of summer. One happens to be the “dragonfly”…