Category Archives: Natural Areas

The Forest Unseen: A Book Review

Where backyards are concerned, size really doesn’t matter.  Even a square meter can yield a world of insight. David Haskell’s wonderful award-winning book, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature (Penguin Books, 2012), begins its preface with a group … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Quercus flatus: A Tale of Spring

The sap is rising in our backyard.  Spring has finally sprung (we think), after a couple of false alarms, and signs of life abound.  Our redbud is budding red, our wahoo is leafing out and preparing to flower (Wahooooooo!!), our … Continue reading

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Beneath the Surface: Part Two

We think we’re safe. In the fenced-in enclave of our backyard, we watch life come and go in security that’s about as good as it gets.  When we venture out of our backyard, as we often do, we retain a … Continue reading

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Specially and diversely unique. Or something…

It was waaay past time to turn the compost in our backyard. One of those jobs that seem much worse in anticipation than they actually are, turning compost is something I can put off for a very long time.  Now, … Continue reading

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Image Galleries—Finally

I’m finally getting around to putting some images up!  You can view them under “Image Gallery” and switch between the different topics at the lower left of the gallery screen, where it says All Categories.  More images will be added … Continue reading

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The Unknown Turn

I looked down the at the tattered sheet of paper laying beside the path.  Despite having been shredded by shotgun pellets, it was still legible.  “Trail Begins Again Here”, it said.  A few feet farther along, Nadia and I emerged … Continue reading

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The Sand Prairie of the Bootheel

Some things just don’t seem to fit in at first glance, showing up unexpectedly where one wouldn’t expect them to be.  However, having been accused of that type of behavior myself, I have grown increasingly tolerant of it in other … Continue reading

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