Category Nature

Dark Beauty

Out the kitchen window one dark, drizzly and overcast day, the hillside behind the house was glowing with white against the dark forest. I went out between showers to explore, finding this odd natural composition that juxtaposed light and color…

Wild Life

IN addition to the other aspects of the deer population that we enjoy (weaponry onslaught in the fall with the resulting risk of outdoor excursions and rotting carcases left in the woods; and the season of the deer garden tour,…

DiMorphism

Alternate title: Fly UnitedNotice how very different these lovely paramours are as they face to opposite poles in this most intimate of moments. He, the smaller, has much the bigger eyes proprotionally. His visual world through green eyes, then, is…

Forget me Not — Part One

On a sandy spit of temporary island heaped up in last winter’s storms, blooming in profusion between foot-wide rivulets of Nameless Creek, we discovered a sea of pale blue flowers. (You can see a bit of red barn roof in…

Wild Life Alert

When we see the dog stand up suddenly from the porch with his eyes focused intently across the pasture, we know it is far more likely we have four-legged than two-legged visitors–usually deer–and at times, he won’t even bother to…

Friday SHoRTs

&tc… This has been a difficult fern to make look nice, because unlike yesterday’s featured pteridophyte (Osmunda cinnamomea) that had feather-duster distinct spore-producing separate stalks, this Interrupted Fern (same genus) looks like it forgot what it was doing, interrupting the…

Great To Be Alive!

This is what you’d think the birds were singing the other morning–so cheery and sweet, peppy and happy! But of course the males are really chirping “you want summa me?” and “so’s ya muddah”–that sort of thing. “Step over that…

Spring in Passing

The solution to finding the spring we missed while out West: go HIGH young man, go HIGH. (Well, forget the young part.) The Blue Ridge Parkway is lush with spring wildflowers along its 3000 foot plus ridges, and it took…

Bee Mystery More Serious by the Flower

This mystery continues, and chances are, even if we discover the cause, it will be years before things get back to a healthy normal. “Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we…

Jack or Jill in the Pulpit

This odd spring of early warmth followed by a return to winter seems to have been to the advantage of some, the detriment of other wildflowers and trees. Jack here is doing rather well down along Nameless Creek, the “spathe…

Giant Chickweed

They grow close enough to the ground on short stems, and so even in the bluster yesterday, I could get a shot of chickweed–perhaps the most common and this year most successful spring wildflower. Most chickweed species are, well, weeds.…

Fern Glade | Forest Ecology

I was hoping to get back to the nearby meadow where Christmas Fern , Cinnamon Fern, Interrupted Fern (pictured here), Northern Maidenhair Fern and Wood Fern all grow together. But it’s blustery, and for such tall, frail plants, they will…