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Not a caterpillar

July 31, 2016 - With the start of the orthopteran chorus, the aural signature of midsummer and beyond, I've been adding an after-dark wa...
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Bee finding

July 30, 2016 - Maybe it's simply a matter of fate, or perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I'm reading a fascinating and c...
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Rose in the rain

July 29, 2016 - We actually, finally, blessedly, got a little bit of rain overnight, and while it was hardly the deluge that was predict...
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Great punctuation

July 28, 2016 - More often than not, I've seen a wide enough variety of flora and fauna that I don't have to repeat myself. A fern needn...
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Nymph trail

July 26, 2016 - I am at an advanced enough age that the very notion on getting on the trail—any trail—in search of wood nymphs is both m...
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Orb-it

July 25, 2016 - I love spiders, but, truth be told, I know very few of them by name. Part of the reason for this unadmirable admission o...
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Downfall

July 25, 2016 - More than a decade ago, this eastern-leaning oak did something extraordinary, when it became the nursery for our local R...
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Dragons, beware

July 23, 2016 - When a knight wanted to prove his mettle, one sure-fire test was to go out into the hinterlands to find and slay a drago...
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Indelicate dining

July 23, 2016 - Beautiful butterflies don't always do beautiful things... at least, not to our eyes—and tastes. Case in point: I was hel...
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Incoming storm

July 22, 2016 - After yet another hot, humid day, the forecast, if it ever can be believed anymore, called for severe thunderstorms afte...
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Jabba the Frog

July 21, 2016 - I was looking out the kitchen door in preparation for a trek when I noticed something gray and strange on the porch rail...
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Who's that Lady?

July 20, 2016 - Whenever I spot a butterfly whose identity I'm not certain of, I'm increasingly careful not to dismiss it as, well, in b...
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A snake [almost] in the grass

July 19, 2016 - The heat and the drought—not a good combination—continues, and my anxiety level is starting to reach a point where I'm s...
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Hard travelin'

July 18, 2016 - The afternoon was still too hot and humid, but I went out anyway. There was also at least the prospect of more comfortab...
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Old friend

July 17, 2016 - Some days—and nights—are filled with new discoveries; others are simply a chronicle of staying in touch with old friends...
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Coming back

July 16, 2016 - It was too hot to do much more than sweat, so, to avoid heat stroke, we headed up to the lake to try to stay cool. There...
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Indelible otter

July 15, 2016 - The first real heat of summer is firmly in place, and it kept us off the hiking trails for most of the day. But by mid-a...
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Wet foot rose

July 13, 2016 - One of the great joys of hiking through and by wetlands is that you never know what you'll find... even if you wade in w...
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Free lunch

July 13, 2016 - I was hiking the uplands of our town's "farm" preserve in preparation for a family trek I'll be leading soon, and in the...
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Unbuttoned

July 12, 2016 - Buttonbush is one of the signature flowers of the mid-July wetlands, and on a recent bike ride past a stand of these shr...
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Odonate surprise

July 11, 2016 - I'd stopped by a local pond to scan the emergents for odonates, and there was something odd about this one that really c...
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Rhodie visitors

July 10, 2016 - On a quick and recent walk in the neighborhood, I spotted something truly magnificent: the first blossoms on the wild rh...
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Fair heavyweights

July 08, 2016 - Any fair is a photographer's delight, but the North Stonington edition, which kicks off the state's fair season, may be...
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A touch of winter... green

July 08, 2016 - More than occasionally, botany drives me crazy... particularly when my memory about botanical relationships doesn't quit...
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Bad things to come

July 07, 2016 - A new day. A new refuge. An old, depressing story. Now, of course, this isn't exactly always true, because usually, a ne...
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Early Halloween

July 06, 2016 - With the hot weather now firmly in place and walking being more of a chore than a delight, I'm tempted, metaphorically,...
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Fair abstraction

July 05, 2016 - If you look really hard at the swirls in the reflection, I think you'll have no trouble whatsoever seeing signs of this...
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Let freedom ring... please

July 04, 2016 - I try to be patriotic... really, I do... but these strange days, when I see Old Glory waving in the wind, I'm also deepl...
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Stone bridge guardian

July 03, 2016 - Normally, I love snakes and, in fact, I'm constantly seeking them out. But there is one serpent I prefer to love at a di...
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Predator harassment

July 02, 2016 - As part of a semi-formal Red-headed Woodpecker monitoring project—I'm looking for ghosts at the moment, since the RHPs a...
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Happy surprise

July 01, 2016 - This morning found me at my old haunt, the Miner refuge in Stonington, where I'd spent parts of 2013 and 2014 working on...
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