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The after-dark darner

September 30, 2013 - Yesterday, when the Common Green darners did not appear to be migrating along the coast, and earlier this morning, when...
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The shorebirds remain

September 29, 2013 - I headed to the shore on a beautiful, warm, sunshiny morning, and I had high hopes that maybe there'd be plenty of drago...
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A great find

September 28, 2013 - On the walk I lead at the Thomas Miner preserve this morning, my crowd of around 30, including several wonderfully inqui...
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A "hen" in the woods

September 27, 2013 - On one of my walks, I ran into a hiker who was on a mission. A mushroom mission. I can usually tell, because such walker...
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A wildflower called Turtlehead

September 26, 2013 - When I encountered Turtlehead in a flower catalog many years ago, it was pretty much love at first sight. Chelone glabra...
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Hello, Mr. Lincoln

September 25, 2013 - One of the first tasks on my to-do list when we returned from our "Journey of Discovery" to the Midwest was to start to...
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The best smokehouse, period

September 23, 2013 - If you're driving along Interstate 78 in eastern Pennsylvania and you're hungry, forget about stopping anywhere else but...
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In praise of corn meal

September 23, 2013 - "The village of Bridgeton had its beginnings with the building of a sawmill on the banks of Big Raccoon creek... about 1...
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A covered bridge reborn

September 22, 2013 - While we were in Indiana recently, we had an opportunity to do some exploring. My wife's cousins, our hosts, took us to...
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One exquisite damsel... fly

September 21, 2013 - One of the real joys of traveling is the chance to see species I'd never find at home. When a male damselfly that was al...
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Classic Midwest

September 20, 2013 - Almost harvest time in a bottomland farm in eastern Illinois—this lush scene, just downhill from my wife's cousins's pla...
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At the Dawes Arboretum

September 19, 2013 - We've made the nearly 1,000-mile journey along Interstate 70 from our home in Connecticut to my wife's childhood stompin...
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The sendoff

September 18, 2013 - Today's a travel day, and a long one, with about 550 miles in front of us. Our destination is a motel in Saint Clairsvil...
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Free at last!

September 17, 2013 - I first spotted—actually, heard—this Common True Katydid about a month ago, when it apparently fell or vaulted out of an...
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A mystery mushroom

September 16, 2013 - We've had a bit more rain recently, so the earth is pushing up crop after crop of mushrooms. This is both a blessing and...
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A sphinx in the shadows

September 15, 2013 - I don't know when I first began getting interested in caterpillars, but if the fascination shown by my now-three-year-ol...
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It's Darner time!

September 14, 2013 - Even though I first photographed waves of migrating Monarch butterflies and reported on their incredible and epic journe...
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Your most unlucky day

September 13, 2013 - I am not, by nature, all that superstitious—well, except when it comes to rooting on the Boston Red Sox—so the fact that...
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The first monarch on the move

September 12, 2013 - It's been an off-year for Monarch butterflies, and while I've gotten glimpses of the orange-and-black beauties—the hard-...
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Seeking solace

September 10, 2013 - Today is 9/11, and though this is not a particularly noteworthy anniversary of the terrorist attack—it happened 12 years...
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Look but don't touch

September 10, 2013 - When I was a kid just coming into my sexual years, there was a persistent rumor among the boys that a substance called "...
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A not-so-malodorous reptile

September 09, 2013 - I'm a big fan of turtles, but ordinarily, they don't allow me to get too close. Painted turtles, sunning themselves on l...
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Back to the beach

September 08, 2013 - When I spotted lots of high-flying, and possibly migrant, dragonflies last week, the urge to migrate back to the beach g...
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A Great Blue, after dining

September 07, 2013 - Today, Saturday, was dump day... well, visiting the Transfer Station day, since the town dump, once a treasure trove for...
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Half a wing is better than none at all

September 06, 2013 - Yesterday, I rued the apparent end of the dragonfly and damselfly season. It's easy to see why the very normal populatio...
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Send in the experts

September 05, 2013 - The dragonfly and damselfly world is definitely on the wane, and as the odonates begin to disappear into thin air—well,...
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A tiger among tadpoles

September 04, 2013 - The humidity and rain broke last night, and this morning dawned clear and cool, almost chilly—and just about perfect for...
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The neighborhood webmaster

September 03, 2013 - Every year at about this time I start looking for Yellow and Black Garden Spiders. Argiope aurantia is named in honor of...
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The monsoons arrive

September 02, 2013 - The torrential rains, which, all too often this summer, have missed us, arrived on Labor Day and wiped out everybody's o...
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The last day at the lake

September 01, 2013 - Labor Day marks closing time for the lake that we frequent, and usually, we'll have an end-of-summer cookout and stay un...
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