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Blue moon, real and faux

July 31, 2015 - OK, let me admit that this image of today's blue moon, a genuine astronomical event that is said to occur when there are...
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The last flasher

July 30, 2015 - As has been too often the case in recent years, there have been very few fireflies lighting up the dusk and the night. T...
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Ode to joy

July 29, 2015 - One of my favorite places in the universe is the little beach club at Amos Lake, which is about 15 miles north of us. We...
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Odonate orgy

July 28, 2015 - The Powdered Dancer damselflies, a large and unusually robust species with very white thoraxes, have been active in the...
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Apres swinging

July 27, 2015 - When my granddaughter Stasia is visiting and we're not spending hours hiking through the woods or swimming in the lake,...
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The joy of the hunt

July 26, 2015 - When my granddaughter Stasia is in residence, most of my time is going to be spent on the trail. I love having the compa...
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Uneaten lily

July 25, 2015 - The day lilies have been blooming in gardens and along the roadsides since the beginning of the month, but the native wi...
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The finest red

July 24, 2015 - Every year towards the end of July when I trek to the millpond, I have certain telltale things I'm looking for: a couple...
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White on black

July 23, 2015 - One of the best places to making observations, besides on my daily treks, is to just walk out the kitchen door and, at n...
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Great Blue deja vu

July 22, 2015 - I launched this humble blog in late-June 2013, and my third post, in what I figured was a labor of love that wouldn't la...
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Land coral

July 21, 2015 - The first time I tried marriage on for size, the two members of this ill-fated couple discovered that we just didn't fit...
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Pas de deux bats

July 20, 2015 - White Nose Syndrome, a bat-killing affliction first noticed in caves in upstate New York in the winter of 2006-07, has l...
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A sign of Pileateds

July 19, 2015 - The temperature neared 90 this afternoon, and though I just kept going with the outdoor tasks and managed to split my da...
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Pelidnota on post

July 18, 2015 - I'd seen plenty of Spotted Pelidnotas, those large but not especially showy members of the Scarab Beetle family, by the...
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Pretty parasite

July 17, 2015 - I was on a mission this morning, a refreshingly chilly start to the day. My task was to document a refuge that two dear...
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Silver-spotted spectacular

July 16, 2015 - I'd figured on zeroing in on moths for the upcoming National Moth Week festivities, but on today's foray into the Bell C...
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Moth magnet

July 15, 2015 - National Moth Week, an endeavor designed to "celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths" around the world,...
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Next year's plague

July 14, 2015 - The Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus that laid waste to countless Gypsy Moth caterpillars did a fine job of knocking down popu...
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Amazing mating

July 13, 2015 - I heard a loud buzzing before I saw the buzzer—or, as it turned out, buzzers, for what I spotted, when the critters in q...
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Summer grass

July 12, 2015 - There are sure-fire signs of every season, some of them obvious, some of them more subtle. I think the procession of gra...
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Saturday stroll

July 10, 2015 - In bygone days, which is to say, before the hay field across the street was desecrated and turned into a construction si...
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Capturing the fair

July 10, 2015 - The 51st edition of the North Stonington Agricultural Fair opened for business yesterday, and today, I was charged with...
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A looming threat

July 09, 2015 - I guess I take bumblebees for granted. They're always around, happily pollinating a myriad of plants and doing the job o...
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Lost in the fog

July 08, 2015 - Officially, we're still in the "moderate drought" category, but we had some rain today, and while it probably isn't enou...
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Carrion baggage

July 07, 2015 - Sometimes I have to walk great distances to find a suitable scene to highlight; other times, I just have to hang out the...
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Discovering calico

July 06, 2015 - In my several years as an ardent but definitely amateur odonatologist, I've managed to learn a number of the more common...
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Rhody show

July 05, 2015 - Instead of doing the usual route this morning, I rolled out of bed early and drove to a trailhead about 15 minutes away—...
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Natural fireworks

July 04, 2015 - With my wife still barely able to walk, I don't think we're going to be venturing out tonight for fireworks, something I...
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Let the party begin

July 03, 2015 - I'm having a hard time getting into the appropriate super-patriotism mood that is supposed to accompany our country's bi...
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Halloween in July

July 02, 2015 - I was on a mission today. First on the list was a trip to the dump to drop off the recyclables and the true trash, which...
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Fleeting flowers

July 01, 2015 - A few weeks ago, I noticed that the collection of Prickly Pear cacti that filled my up-the-road neighbor's flower bed by...
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