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Nature walk: Lighthouse keeping

Nature walk: Lighthouse keeping

While my two sisters from Seattle were visiting us for the week of my birthday, Anita and I decided to show them one of the loveliest natural riches in our town, the Saugerties Lighthouse trail. The trail begins at its small parking lot next to the Coast Guard Station and continues between the Hudson River...
Nature Walk: Home again, home again, jiggety jig

Nature Walk: Home again, home again, jiggety jig

For the last month and a half of my stay at Northeast Center for Rehabilitation and Brain Injury in Lake Katrine, I watched spring gain ground day by day. The setting is urban but with habitats that accommodate common wild birds, mammals and insects. These I observed through windows in my room, and more closely...
Nature walk — Summer through a streamside window

Nature walk — Summer through a streamside window

[portfolio_slideshow id=7270] Photos by Anita Barbour   Last year a friend of ours replaced three old storm windows in our dining room with a scavenged bay window. The new window has provided a panorama of near and distant natural scenes and events over the summer. While recovering from Lyme disease, for me the view has...
Nature Walk: Writing the rails

Nature Walk: Writing the rails

On a nature drive last week we passed a place where a marsh and a roadside meet. Along some of this interface, tall stands of common reed (Phragmites australis) towered over our heads, and along other stretches bushy roses and willows hid the inner marsh from view. Between these dark, obfuscating patches of vegetation we found...
Nature Walk: Insect oracles

Nature Walk: Insect oracles

To all appearances this was a bad spring for moths and butterflies. Our porch light and lit-up windows have attracted fewer moths, and fewer species of moths, than any May and June in 30 years. Butterfly numbers have been down as well, making both night and day far less lively than usual. This has been...