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Where Have All the XXX Gone?

You fill in the blank: â–º Honeybees â–º Whippoorwills â–º Bats â–º Blister Beetles on Goldenrod â–º Blue Lobelia â–º … … … … ? Some of the changes we note are not unnatural. Some are. It’s hard to tease…

On Beholding

It’s a lovely word: beholding. It expresses seeing beyond the mere perception of light and color, comprehending the deeper realities of the thing seen. It obliges the beholder to a deeper level of discernment than the casual onlooker. It is…

PeeCycling

It is true that the tomatoes are leggy and the peppers not a deep dark green as they should be. They seem to be telling me that they are in short supply of something–and probably on or all of N,…

Season of Sprouts: Family Children

This is perhaps the most memorable quote of the summer–so far. Overheard from the back seat on the 800 mile trip from home to Goose Creek, the four year old offers this bit of wisdom to no one in particular.…

Facing Downstream

One of the things I hope to reflect on in this would-be third book (that I sometimes think about and less often actually add material to) is the topic of aging, from a personal point of view of course. I took this…

The Simple Things: Not

Why is the month of June always in need of a parallel-universe June so that a person can do all that needs to be done? I think it can be blamed on the longer days, the abundance of weeds, the unplanted…

Animated: The Spirit of Life

The mechanics: This shot came from the parking lot of Huffville Methodist Church and was a still capture from a 15 second video inspired by the beauty of racing fingers of wind across the tall grasses. This dance between Earth…

Volunteer Unknowns

We could see this patch of white from the front porch, at some distance towards the back narrows of the pasture. On our next walk-about, we made a point to veer that way through the knee-high wet grass to see…

Spring Beauties

Actually, Spring Beauties is another flowering plant that now that I think of it, is probably blooming just up the road. Here is Trillium grandiflorum, white phase. It can also emerge as a light to medium shade of pink. About 9:00…

Serving Suggestion: Don’t

Here’s another flowering-plant glamour shot from RC Gorge. This, of course, is jack-in-the-pulpit, its spathe reflexed (vs the usual state, curved away from the camera to cover the spadix–Jack–inside his tubular boudoir. This is, I confess, from a purists point…