Every day, if the weather is reasonable, which is to say not pouring (and sometimes even then), I try to start the morning with a walk through the woods and fields near home—a trek that includes many, many stops to photograph the natural history I find along the way. There can be a second "nature hike" when I break for lunch, and there are days when I'm outdoors keeping tabs on the natural world from dawn to dusk, as well as after dark. I've made my living as a photojournalist, specializing in science and medicine, for more than 39 years, and documenting nature in pictures and words has long been a passion. Every day brings a new discovery. Every day, I'll try to post the best one.

Red-spotted perfection

June 17, 2018
At first glance, I was sorely tempted to dismiss this little gem as yet another Spicebush Swallowtail, the butterfly species that seems to be dominant right about now. Bu...
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Partridge food precursor

June 16, 2018
I'm not sure how the tiny, flowering native vine we call Partridgeberry got its common name—incidentally, there's a divide among experts as to whether it's one word or tw...
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Study in calico

June 15, 2018
You never know what you're going to find in a field, and I rarely can resist exploring, even though I'm all too well aware of the strong association between tall grass an...
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Meager magnificence

June 14, 2018
No surprise here: it hasn't been a good year for Mountain Laurel flowers. The patch in our yard along the edge of the woods barely bloomed at all—a sharp contrast to the...
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Painted perfection

June 13, 2018
I was afraid that this was going to be a very mediocre dragonfly season, but, in daily increasing numbers, the odonates are beginning to show up wherever I walk. Their la...
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