Posts tagged "Nature Walk"
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...
Nature Walk: Grass, rush, sedge

Nature Walk: Grass, rush, sedge

Grass is simple for most people. It’s what cows and horses eat. It’s tall and slim in a field, short and in frequent need of mowing in a lawn. But it’s not really that simple. There are many species of grasses, some that don’t look much like grasses at all, and there are other plants...
Of squirrels and crows

Of squirrels and crows

Just before winter our friend Vince replaced our decrepit dining room storm windows with a lovely bay window from another job. The people didn’t want it, so their toss was our gain. That window has opened a more panoramic vista on our side yard. In recent weeks the critters most prominent in the view have...
Nature Walk: The year without a winter

Nature Walk: The year without a winter

Lately I have taken to saying that we are living in a hoax. Conservatives rightly point out that climate change is nothing new, but then, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, they wrongly argue that present climate trends cannot be attributed to human causes. As usual, politics trumps reality. Clearly the trend today is toward...