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Painted meadow

June 30, 2016 - While Painted Skimmer dragonflies are supposed to be on the wing in late May, I rarely see them around here until the en...
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Nothing wasted

June 28, 2016 - I saw the inert Painted Turtle shell from the road, and because the reptile remained in its spot when I approached its r...
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The survivors

June 28, 2016 - It's been a very bad year for Gypsy Moths, and in some places, the defoliation is almost of March proportions. But a cou...
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Leader of the band(ed)

June 27, 2016 - Today's agenda was a walk to the Bell Cedar preserve to help develop the right management strategy for the old field I l...
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A visit from "Woody"

June 26, 2016 - As is often the case with woodpeckers, I heard the bird before I saw it. And based on the slow and loud bangings on punk...
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Floral fireworks

June 25, 2016 - Connecticut is not known for its cactuses—hey, the Nutmeg State doesn't support a natural population of nutmegs, either—...
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Screeching good time

June 24, 2016 - In semi-retirement, I do a lot of volunteering, and one of my favorite places to donate my time and whatever modest expe...
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Light show

June 23, 2016 - Whenever my granddaughter Stasia is staying with us in early summer, one activity is guaranteed to be on the agenda: a n...
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Searching for butterflies

June 22, 2016 - Earlier this year, my granddaughter Stasia was fitted for glasses and while they're very pretty, they also seem to have...
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In good company

June 21, 2016 - It isn't that I'm antisocial, but most of my treks are, by near necessity, done alone. I'd be happy to walk with someone...
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Tree flower show

June 20, 2016 - A few days ago, when we were on the road to White Flower Farm in northwestern Connecticut, I noticed that the Catalpa tr...
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Phoebe at work

June 19, 2016 - While biologically this may well be an invention, I'd like to believe that on Father's Day, Papa Phoebe—telling males fr...
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Secure home

June 18, 2016 - On a truly gorgeous day for a hike, I led about a dozen enthusiastic trekkers on an exploration of the Avalonia Land Con...
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Premier garden

June 17, 2016 - For the past few years, we've celebrated the arrival of the solstice with a road trip to Litchfield, Connecticut, the ho...
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A new swallowtail

June 16, 2016 - If I had been an English major in the 1960s when I first tried college, I would have learned a skill called "close readi...
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Here's clicking at ya, kid

June 15, 2016 - Nature can sometimes be startling. Indeed, sometimes nature is designed to be startling. And if you ever needed proof of...
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A mirror for a goddess

June 14, 2016 - One of the greatest joys in my twilight life is to make a new personal discovery, and that daily possibility is, besides...
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A blessing from pathogens

June 13, 2016 - Over the past few days, I've begun to notice something that seemed almost too good to be true: the local Gypsy Moths app...
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A Snapper in the sun

June 12, 2016 - For a variety of reasons, I wasn't going to have a lot of walk time today, so, in the interest of efficiency—I try... I...
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Ghostly

June 11, 2016 - Today's chilly walk—the temperature this morning bottomed out at 45, which is distinctly non-June-like—took me to a stre...
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Laurels for visitors

June 10, 2016 - It's been a remarkable June for Mountain Laurels, and while I thought there could be few rivals of the amazing display t...
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Small and large

June 09, 2016 - I'm leading a walk in a couple of weeks for the local garden club, and going out into the field with a collection of kno...
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Ol' Blue Eyes

June 08, 2016 - If your knee-jerk reaction to yet another dragonfly image is, well, Dear God in Heaven, can't the naturalist shoot anyth...
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Cerulean substitute

June 07, 2016 - With most of my recent round of magazine work, um, put to bed, I've had the welcome chance to just get up and explore. O...
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The graduate naturalist

June 06, 2016 - Today's destination was coastal New Hampshire, where we drove up north to celebrate my granddaughter Stasia's impending...
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Aerial

June 05, 2016 - Post-Trails-Day, I celebrated what I think was a success with—what else?—a hike. My destination was a long-time favorite...
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Observing National Trails Day

June 04, 2016 - I couldn't have asked for nicer weather for National Trails Day—or a nicer group of about a dozen or so people who showe...
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A rumor of rattlesnakes

June 03, 2016 - The task for today's trek, as if I ever really needed an excuse for a walk, was to circumnavigate the Babcock Ridge and...
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Here come the lancets

June 02, 2016 - Finally, finally, finally, the air is starting to be filled with the glints of sunlight on wings—a sight that indicates...
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Lichen mimic

June 01, 2016 - I managed to get a long-ish bike ride in today, and on my way up the hill towards home, I noticed something on the road.
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