Louisiana Waterthrush

Finally: it’s beginning to look (and sound) a lot like SPRING! Bloodroot always shows up on the south-facing bank of the road down into our valley before we see it on the banks of the “New Road.” We spotted it just yesterday in this cold sink of a holler. The Louisiana Waterthrush have returned–a not so common bird that IS so common along Goose Creek and Nameless Creeks. We must have habitat that matches exactly the spring and summer accommodations they are looking for. …

Spring: Sprung Read more »

Forgive me the incorrect grammar and the suggestive title. The phrase just seems to, well, mate with the mood of the moment. You see I am cooking in somebody elses kitchen, going on a week. The MacPro is in the shop with multiple system failures (video and memory) and so I’ve resorted to using the laptop on the kitchen table, and nothing fits. But blog goes on. Earliest autumn is a great time to find insects gathered on the goldenrod. This everywhere plant is …

Doin’ It When it Don’t Fit Read more »

Coiled like party-favor noise-makers for a spring celebration

Circinate vernation. …a  term retrieved from a box marked “botanical” found on a top shelf of a back room where the door has not been opened for tens of years. Why the brain keeps such trinkets of Latin jargon I do not know, but I am somehow richer for it, I presume, finding it has been stored there, to ferment and ripen like ancient wine in the vault of the brain in the dark neglect for other things more practical. But there it is …

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