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Hidden turtle, crouching Stinkpot

September 30, 2014 - It was quite chilly today, and, off and on, I've heard what has to be the most beautiful sound in the world: the steady...
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The color show begins

September 29, 2014 - The title of this post is actually not quite accurate because, if you include the straw color of the Hay-scented Ferns,...
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Perfect beach day for butterflies

September 28, 2014 - This morning arrived beautiful, sunny, and with mid-summer warmth, and though I had vowed to stay at my desk and write—w...
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A very young Wood Frog

September 27, 2014 - I went into the woods this morning, a deliciously chilly one, to hunt deliberately, and what I was after was fungi. A ve...
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Roadside seediness

September 26, 2014 - The rain gods doled out a little gift last night, and when today dawned with a sharper, less summery chill, there was ab...
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Real drought

September 25, 2014 - We're not California... at least, not yet. But the new US Drought Monitor report that came out today showed that we'd ma...
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In constant motion

September 24, 2014 - The drought is deepening—according to the US Drought Monitor, we've made the frightening transition into the light green...
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Exciting discovery

September 23, 2014 - I could fill post after post with images and impressions of the time I spent in the field with the Andrews Foray partici...
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The watcher

September 22, 2014 - On most of my walks, I'm the one doing the watching, but when I was trekking through a Bracken-Fern-overrun cemetery, I...
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My first forest liverwort

September 21, 2014 - In addition to lichen experts, the members of the Andrews Foray "corps of discovery" included a contingent of bryologist...
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In the company of lichenologists

September 20, 2014 - Sometimes, I somehow manage to get incredibly, incredibly lucky. Today was certainly one of those days, a Saturday morni...
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Little and big jewels

September 19, 2014 - A minor cold front moved through last night, and though such weather patterns are supposed to bring rain, or, at least,...
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The swarmers

September 18, 2014 - Yesterday, I wrote about the giant cloud of tiny insects that rose en masse out of the no-longer-hayed field across the...
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The swarm

September 16, 2014 - It was a warm, late-summer day, and, alas, another indoor-work day, mostly on writing, so my walking had to be curtailed...
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A question answered

September 16, 2014 - I spent most of today inside, specifically, inside the computer lab of our local middle school where I had the incredibl...
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Goldenrod gem

September 15, 2014 - I am woefully deficient when it comes to identifying members of the vast insect order Coleoptera, but earlier this summe...
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After the harvest

September 14, 2014 - A day or two ago, the view from this house's back and side windows was solid green: nothing but corn. But the silage cut...
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A time to reap

September 13, 2014 - "To everything there is a season," and since we're about a week past the harvest moon, it is clearly the season for sila...
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Somber season

September 12, 2014 - I spotted these Birch leaves not too far from home, and I've seen similar collections of deciduous-trees-turning-color-u...
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For 9/11

September 11, 2014 - Hard to believe that it has been 13 years since the world turned upside down and fundamentalist lunatics plunged the glo...
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The colorful dagger

September 10, 2014 - In Owlet Caterpillars of Eastern North America —the best book imaginable on the subject—University of Connecticut author...
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Ready to fly

September 09, 2014 - I've been seeing a lot of dandelion-like seed heads in recent days, and many of the plants that use an airborne strategy...
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Model vulture

September 08, 2014 - I met my friend Juan this morning for a surveying trip up and around Lantern Hill. He's planning a gathering, later this...
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Just follow your nose

September 07, 2014 - I apparently have a very sensitive nose, and while I don't think I could parlay the ability to discern minute difference...
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Moral dilemma

September 06, 2014 - I spend a lot of time observing the ins and outs of natural history, so I often run into a species of moral dilemma: do...
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Punk flies

September 05, 2014 - The first genuine summer weather is upon us, with temperatures approaching 90 and humidity levels in that neighborhood....
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Third eye

September 04, 2014 - For the past few years, I've had the chance to spend a good part of one late-summer day at the University of Rhode Islan...
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Take two Turtleheads and see me...

September 03, 2014 - Turtlehead, which gets its common and Latin names—the latter is Chelone glabra —from the resemblance its blossoms bear t...
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So it goes

September 02, 2014 - Yesterday, on a pretty morning that finally felt late-summer-warm, I quickly entered the lake and paddled out to the lin...
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A picnic for the ages

September 01, 2014 - Thirty years ago, when we'd just sold our house but the one I was building wasn't quite ready for occupancy, we were in...
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