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First hint of fall

August 31, 2015 - It's way too early to be looking for the first signs of autumn, but in the late afternoon golden sunlight, I spotted a b...
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Sticky travelers

August 29, 2015 - It was late enough, and cloudy enough, in the afternoon that I could chance a walk up Lantern Hill. Just off the path, I...
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Super supermoon

August 29, 2015 - The moon was full tonight, but if you're an old moon-watcher like me, you might have noticed that it appeared to be a bi...
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Frits after dark

August 28, 2015 - By day, the Great Spangled Fritillary procession, the best I've ever seen, continues, although it's starting to slow dow...
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In a patch of jewelweed

August 27, 2015 - Late afternoon, I emerged from hiding indoors, put on my anti-sun armor, and chanced a walk through the shade to the mil...
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The start of the swarm

August 26, 2015 - As I walked past the doomed field across the street, I noticed, in what is still left of the meadow towards the still-sh...
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Wild grapes

August 25, 2015 - One of the bigger drags of my life right now is the fact that, with my wrists in such bad shape—I can barely hold my dSL...
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Addled Dragonhunter

August 23, 2015 - I headed out on my late afternoon, diminished-risk-of-sunburn walk to the millpond where, I knew from past experience, I...
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Underwing season

August 23, 2015 - Given that the anti-Lyme medication I'm on has left me more vulnerable to horrendous sunburning than is typical—when my...
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Strange spider shape

August 22, 2015 - These days, most of my walks through the woods involve inadvertently breaking through the web of at least one small spid...
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A little night music

August 21, 2015 - The night-singing insects, most of them crickets and katydids, are really putting on a show, and these warm and humid ev...
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Still life with Jewelweed

August 20, 2015 - It was a hot, hot afternoon, but my desire to continue testing my new lens overcame my medication-induced fatigue and th...
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New and improved

August 18, 2015 - Joy sometimes comes unexpected and in small packages. This was certainly the case around noon time, when, feeling very s...
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Caught in the act

August 18, 2015 - I suspect that naturalists and nature chroniclers are basically pornographers at heart, since much of what we do involve...
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In a patch of bee balm

August 17, 2015 - I got some bad news last night, when my recent blood work came back and showed that, once again, I tested positive for L...
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My idea of fun

August 15, 2015 - The second iteration of my go-to lens—a 55-200mm Nikkor zoom—is in the process of giving up the ghost, so while I agoniz...
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One that didn't get away

August 15, 2015 - As is often the way at this time of year, the upland areas that surround wetlands of both the permanently or temporarily...
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The monarch arrives

August 14, 2015 - Of all the creatures whose arrival is most eagerly anticipated, I'd guess that the Monarch Butterfly might rank highest...
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Like birds on wires

August 13, 2015 - For the past couple of weeks, I've noticed that the phone and electric lines have started to sag under the weight of Tre...
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The real hayfever enemy

August 12, 2015 - In August, or, as it is known to the long-suffering, hay fever season, a bout of sneezing, sniffling, and other respirat...
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Rainy day cardinal

August 11, 2015 - The rain—bless you, precipitation deities—came down in buckets today, and I was mostly confined to quarters on indoor pr...
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Tricky target

August 10, 2015 - When I started this blog more than two years ago, my walking route usually had me taking a right at the foot of my drive...
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Outsized ambition

August 09, 2015 - "A man's reach should exceed his grasp," famously wrote Robert Browning in "Andrea del Sarto," a poem about an Italian R...
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Tigers in the midst

August 08, 2015 - I've seen these insects before, but I've never bothered to identify them. Actually, I bothered to misidentify them, dism...
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Finally, spinosus

August 07, 2015 - This has been a funny year for dragonflies, and, while I have no real scientific way of proving this, I think my sightin...
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ASAP

August 06, 2015 - There's something amazing in the early August air: the powerful perfume of Clethra alnifolia. I'm not sure there's any s...
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Skimming success

August 05, 2015 - If I'm ever to get good at the identification business, I'm going to have to get into serious collecting and never leave...
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Natural development

August 04, 2015 - I'd forgotten that Paper Wasps, one of the master builders of the natural world, actually do craft nests in the wild, ra...
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Spider business

August 03, 2015 - I've always been a big fan of spiders, but this enjoyment hasn't translated into become an expert in the identification...
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The odonate nightmare

August 02, 2015 - The Dragonhunters, those huge—they're our largest clubtailed odonate—nightmares, have started patrolling the pools and s...
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Orchid helix

August 01, 2015 - Whenever the weather is agreeable, my reward for dumping the recyclables and the genuine trash—always, I'm happy to say,...
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