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Friends in Low Places

Still unpacking from our whirlwind trip to and from Missouri and have a few images to share. The one above, from a favorite regular dinner stop on the way up. Last time we were there, a guy fell off a bar…

The Buck Stops Here

You’ll note that I have protected the anonymity of the hunter as well as taking the precautionary measure of doing the same to the deer, so as to avoid any legal actions by relatives of the deceased. I can count…

Autumn Leaves: Still. Life.

My digital photo experience began in April 2002 with the Nikon CoolPix 950 swivel-model camera–a whopping 2 MB shirt-pocket miracle. Among my half dozen favorite images from that first year of blogging with images was a shot of water drops…

Today’s Puzzler: Ah Nuts

These spiny things are all over our forest trail. Together with a mother-lode of hickory nuts, they carpet the forest floor. It is, as they say, a heavy mast year–which the old timers says look out for a doozy of…

Final Flowering of Fall

Well at 25 degrees, the frost is on the pumpkin. The sensitive fern is so called because it does not tolerate even a light frost. Some trees along our road have dropped their leaves of a sudden, their abscission layers…

To Lie Down in Green Pastures

We’ve enjoyed the sunshine this week more than we might have, had not all of last week and most of the week before been so mercilessly gloomy and threatening. Even so, normally I would not have pulled over on Bethlehem…

Ann’s Falls Revisited

For months, this minor cataract,  obscured above the daily loop trail by Rhododendrons, was silent. But yesterday, encouraged by the rumble of rushing water (and with full knowledge of how very much of it has fallen on this hillside…

Neon Green Caterpillar

We were just able to get across the raging creek as it began to calm down after last week’s surge of Tuesday rain.  The morning was somber and foggy, and the world had already begun its autumn slide towards the…

Friday Creature Feature

Banded Net-winged Beetle. One of those beasties I’ve identified only to have folks in the nature hike etc. ask “but what GOOD is it?” You can’t eat’em. You can’t smoke’em. So what good are they? Your answer would be: _______…

Butternut Woolyworm

I won’t even bother making this a “name this creature” post. It’s not likely that anyone would have seen this exact configuration of living matter, though the small wooly aphids come close in superficial appearance. This mass of waxy filaments…