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I definitely don't mind

September 30, 2015 - Sometime after midnight, it finally started to rain, and rain hard and steadily. As of early afternoon, there's 4.1 inch...
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Change in the air

September 29, 2015 - When I got up this morning, a murky and almost tropically warm one, I knew we were in for a substantial weather change....
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Sunning serpent

September 28, 2015 - My grandson Luc has been spending Monday afternoons at our house, and after we get him to his piano lesson and back here...
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The supermoon eclipse

September 27, 2015 - All eyes were on the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, when it rose tonight. Not only was thi...
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Going south

September 26, 2015 - It wasn't exactly the best of beach days, but I needed to get out of the house and explore someplace new, so, since the...
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Mushrooming

September 25, 2015 - This has not been, so far, a notable autumn for mushrooms, and you can blame that paucity on the drought. Fungi, of cour...
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Into the (desperate) woods

September 24, 2015 - I've tried to keep family matters out of this blog, but there are times when such intrusions are unavoidable. This is my...
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Leftovers

September 23, 2015 - The corn harvest is pretty much done and the silage-cutting machinery has reduced once-green bottomland fields into stub...
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Another case of the blues

September 22, 2015 - Many years ago, I got the strangest of bugs. I'd always dismissed grasses as close to impossible to learn, and whenever...
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A flock of killdeer

September 21, 2015 - A couple of dusks ago, I heard the first Canada Geese honks, and I thought I might be graced by the sight of flocks of t...
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A brand new snake

September 20, 2015 - I was on my way home from a trek through the Bell Cedar Swamp in search of, well, anything interesting or, at least, dif...
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The end of the blues?

September 19, 2015 - The butterflies are rapidly becoming fewer and farther between, and on a number of recent forays, the only lepidopterans...
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The last cardinal

September 18, 2015 - If what I do with my natural history documentation can be considered a job—I see it more as a calling—then one of my rou...
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Pack your (saddle) bags

September 17, 2015 - I spent a good part of the day in New Haven being poked and probed, x-rayed and phlebotomized, by my medical team, all o...
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A fernish hint of fall

September 16, 2015 - It's still officially summer, and it still officially feels like it—during the day, at least, with temperatures in the 8...
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Bedraggled

September 15, 2015 - In attempting to put together each year's natural history phenology, I'm always on the lookout for the firsts and lasts...
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Asteroid arrival

September 14, 2015 - If I had my life to live over, I would have become an environmental biology teacher and spent my career informing kids a...
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We have met the enemy

September 13, 2015 - One sign that my expertise might be at least semi-useful is that I get calls from time to time to use my natural history...
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Chain, chain, chain

September 12, 2015 - Today I figured, since I'm pretty sure my Lyme has resurfaced and I will shortly be back on the antibiotics that will re...
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For 9/11

September 11, 2015 - When the cursed planes struck the World Trade Center towers that awful morning 14 years ago, I had just walked up from t...
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When the rain comes

September 10, 2015 - The drought persists, but today, we got a bit of a reprieve. Dawn arrived with thunder and sprinkles, and throughout the...
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Above the fray sunset

September 09, 2015 - I'm not all that big on sunsets, but today, my first 24 hours post-Lyme-medication, was hot, sunny, and so busy that I d...
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An unexpected heron

September 08, 2015 - As a result of far too many Great Blue Herons missed, I have learned to approach the millpond dam and waterfall warily,...
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The end... and the beginning

September 07, 2015 - Every Labor Day since we've had the opportunity to spend summer days and evenings at a wonderful beach at the end of Amo...
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Goodbye, summer!

September 06, 2015 - Before we headed up to the lake for a final swim and cookout, my granddaughter Stasia and I had to finish up our chores,...
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Back to the original anglers

September 05, 2015 - The start of Labor Day weekend—and a great one, weatherwise, if the forecasts can be believed—meant one main thing: get...
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Nature's medicine cabinet

September 04, 2015 - I was finally able to push my body past an overgrowth of vegetation—an overgrowth that no doubt harbored an abundance of...
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Way-past-Spring Azure

September 03, 2015 - The wild asters are putting on a great show, and a number of bumblebees and butterflies are coming by daily to admire an...
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Clematis success

September 01, 2015 - We haven't had an awful lot of luck with Clematis vines of any variety—cultivated or wild—in our various gardens, and I...
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Shine little glowworm

September 01, 2015 - There are many bioluminescent invertebrates around the world that are known as "glowworms," but around home, the term re...
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