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June 30, 2014 - A couple of anniversaries to acknowledge: I've been at this blog for a solid year and my wife's birthday is today (we'll...
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Flying assassins

June 29, 2014 - Ignorance, manifested enough times, is anything but bliss for me. Truly, it's a goad, and when it's coupled with my nati...
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Surprise Indigo

June 28, 2014 - It was a perfect morning for walking... and for surprises. Along the edge of the mill pond, I heard several noisy, and v...
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Garden parasol

June 27, 2014 - I didn't have to walk very far to make the acquaintance of this fine photographic subject, a delicate fungus growing hap...
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Floral fireworks

June 26, 2014 - On my way back from a rather productive walk along the Bell Cedar Swamp preserve trail, I just happened to look down at...
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Storm-tossed admiral

June 24, 2014 - A couple of years ago, Vanessa atalanta, the Red Admiral butterfly, was about the most common species in the neighborhoo...
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Along came a spider

June 24, 2014 - I've been spending time outdoors every evening after dark, generally in search of silkmoths and other lepidopterans that...
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Stunning widow

June 23, 2014 - In my fascination with dragonflies, I've certainly come to love them all... but some I love a bit more than others. The...
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Summer grass

June 22, 2014 - If you're looking for signs that the summer solstice is nigh, well, you could certainly just check the calendar. But as...
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Not hardly nevermore

June 21, 2014 - In the classic Edgar Allen Poe poem about the raven, the dark bird of doom is quoted as saying "nevermore" over and over...
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A great bee mimic

June 20, 2014 - I was hiking a meadow path this afternoon, a combination of sun and clouds, and by a patch of Fleabane, I heard a high-p...
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A doe in the meadow

June 19, 2014 - It rained for much of the day, nothing dramatic, just off- and on-again showers. By late afternoon, however, the weather...
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No partridges for the Partridge Berries

June 17, 2014 - Partridge Berry is a small, evergreen, and entirely unobvious vine that hugs the forest floor. Still, if you know where...
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Laurels, mostly, for Mountain Laurels

June 17, 2014 - It has been a fine year for Mountain Laurels, well, everywhere except the patch in our yard. That one is putting on a fa...
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Duck tales

June 16, 2014 - A bit of history, sad history: a few weeks ago, when I was about to cross the millpond waterfall, I noticed the corpse o...
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Delta-spotted redux

June 15, 2014 - I don't normally like to do this—reprise a species—but I was hiking once again through the Bell Cedar Swamp refuge near...
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Worm-eating on patrol

June 13, 2014 - After working around the house for most of the day, I decided to take a mid-afternoon walk back to the Bell Cedar Swamp...
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A lucky fox?

June 12, 2014 - Today is Friday the 13th, and as luck would have it—whether good or bad depends on your perspective—the weather turned r...
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A new spiketail

June 12, 2014 - A year ago, I was walking along the edge of the field across the street and perched on the meadow grass was one of the m...
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A peeved grasshopper

June 11, 2014 - There are times when I want to look at my depictions of the natural world and say, from the bottom of my heart, I'm sorr...
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Once and future berries

June 10, 2014 - When I started this blog almost a year ago, I did so with the expectation that a). it probably wouldn't last—I have a di...
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Cooperative models

June 09, 2014 - Anyone with a little bit of patience and a telephoto lens can get a fine picture of a resting dragonfly, but when the od...
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Trails Day, redux

June 08, 2014 - I was feeling so good about the way yesterday's Trails Day walk went that I decided to lead another one—this time, for s...
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A CT Trails Day hike

June 07, 2014 - Almost exactly a year ago, I decided to participate in a CT Trails Day event that was sponsored by this organization cal...
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A Monarch mimic

June 06, 2014 - The past few years have not been kind to the Monarch Butterfly, that exquisite orange-and-black miracle that somehow is...
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The sedge report

June 05, 2014 - I really should know the sedges by heart, since they're very common wetlands plants and I commonly find myself exploring...
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Pondhawk opening day

June 04, 2014 - Baseball's opening day was two months in the past, but natural history doesn't stop with just one debut. There are creat...
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My first damsel

June 03, 2014 - Despite the title, this entry will not be especially salacious. Sorry for the tease. (And hey, you can read the salaciou...
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A new "hummingbird"

June 02, 2014 - I love hummingbirds, of which we host quite a few, and I also love moths, of which we host thousands, maybe millions. Bu...
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Spotted salamander hatchlings

June 01, 2014 - Guilt got the better of me, and while I've had a mountain of work and family matters to wade through—all of which offere...
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