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A conehead came to visit

August 31, 2013 - The singing insects—these days, primarily katydids and crickets—are putting on a genuine concert, and I've been out look...
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The advent of mushroom season

August 30, 2013 - The weather, which most of August had been sunny, relatively cool, and blissfully non-Dog Days-humid, has started turnin...
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The pond guardian

August 29, 2013 - The mournful—well, I think it's mournful—call of the bullfrog no longer echoes around the millpond at night, and their c...
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No one home downstream

August 28, 2013 - Usually when I look downstream, I never have to wait long to spot a steady stream of critters moving upstream in my dire...
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Backlighting

August 27, 2013 - I think just about everything in nature looks wonderful backlit, so when I decided, despite the steamy weather that set...
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There goes the neighborhood

August 26, 2013 - I'm not sure how I missed the road-striping crew—God only knows, this is not a silent operation—but when I came outside...
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A crepuscular mystery solved

August 25, 2013 - Since the weather was just perfect—warm, but low humidity—this should have been a good day for picture taking. But I had...
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Scary looking... to Junebugs

August 24, 2013 - I start to see these insects in late August, and they always give me a kind of vestigial pause. In fact, I'm not crazy f...
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The welcome committee of one

August 23, 2013 - It's silly, but I actually look forward to being greeted whenever I go into a store to shop. I often have the same exper...
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Wild grapes

August 22, 2013 - Some years we get them, and some years we don't—wild grapes, that is. But you know when it's going to be a Vitis labrusc...
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Every other dragonfly's nightmare

August 21, 2013 - I don't know if the sleep of dragonflies is ever bothered by dark dreams—actually, I don't know if dragonflies actually...
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A perfect sighting

August 20, 2013 - On an overcast afternoon, I headed off to the millpond, intent, as usual, on documenting the comings and goings of inver...
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Hidden in plain sight

August 19, 2013 - On my hike down an unfamiliar trail in an effort to find the entry to the Bell Cedar Swamp, I simply missed this guy and...
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Too big to fly?

August 18, 2013 - I know National Moth Week is in the rear-view mirror, and that I probably should turn my attention elsewhere. But we're...
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Back from the Arctic, or maybe closer

August 17, 2013 - I almost didn't go up to the lake today. True, it was warm, and I'd certainly worked up enough of a sweat splitting wood...
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First in flight

August 16, 2013 - I don't like to boast, and I'm sure that other photographers have similar, and better shots, but man, when I saw this on...
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The lilypad stalker

August 15, 2013 - I don't know spiders very well, and when I spot one, they're unnerving enough that I'm glad I'm usually using a telephot...
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Now appearing in the Joe Pye Weed

August 14, 2013 - The rain and humidity yesterday gave way to clear, dry, and almost cool skies, and so, to take advantage of the perfect,...
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A bit of rain

August 13, 2013 - Today dawned rainy, and though any little bit of precipitation is welcome—it's been a dry summer—I was hoping for more....
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An orchid in the meadow

August 12, 2013 - My morning route, which is also my morning routine, takes me through a nearby meadow, and over several months of trekkin...
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A gift from the sycamores

August 11, 2013 - I may be hooked on dragonflies—OK, there's no "may" about it—but I remain a bona fide naturalist, so every life-form is...
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The fawn at the porch light

August 10, 2013 - For most of August, I'd been expecting the arrival of a dragonfly whose behavior is more akin to bats than odonates—an i...
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Flower porn

August 09, 2013 - The weather was blessedly wet but, since I never did purchase that all-weather Nikon I should have snatched up last Dece...
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A butterfly in miniature

August 08, 2013 - I started seeing these bright orange sprites flitting through the pickerel weeds and grasses at the marshy edges of the...
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An unexpected harvest

August 07, 2013 - It's harvest time in the garden, and though the yield of vegetables has been pretty skimpy—so far, the produce I've pick...
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Back to Ell Pond

August 06, 2013 - I used to live quite close to the Ell and Long Pond complex, in Hopkinton, RI, and I'd hike this area, which is now a je...
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There are still wild honeybees

August 05, 2013 - My wife and I went for an afternoon hike to the Avalonia Land Conservancy's Donald Henne preserve, and though we saw the...
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Rare this year, abundant last year

August 03, 2013 - Last year, the first Red Admiral butterfly showed up in our neighborhood on April 25th; this year, I spotted the first V...
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A common but almost invisible katydid

August 03, 2013 - We were up at my daughter's house—same town, but about 10 miles away from us—for a birthday party, and after we had eate...
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An unexpected vulture

August 02, 2013 - The heat wave has become a memory, and the weather has been just perfect for walking—and for anything else outdoors. I d...
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An early Valentine's Day

August 01, 2013 - It's a long way until Valentine's Day, but why wait? These Spread-winged Damselflies were clearly in the mood at the loc...
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