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Empty nest syndrome

May 31, 2017 - The grim weather continues, and, surprise, surprise, there's more rain and chill in the forecast. This seems to be good...
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Natural imagination

May 30, 2017 - If anyone ever doubted the reality of evolution's creative impulse, I suggest that you look at the very strange flower o...
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Summer's start

May 29, 2017 - There are two signature, unofficial-start-of-summer events in my calendar. The first, of course, is the Shad Bake, which...
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Glad for shad

May 28, 2017 - In answer to the most heartfelt of prayers, the sun finally came out this morning, and that meant that this afternoon wa...
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Safe at home

May 27, 2017 - Yet more dreary, on-the-wet-side, chilly weather, which was made all the more depressing by the fact that my granddaught...
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Happy meal

May 26, 2017 - More rain, dreary and chilly weather, and, truth be told, a self-imposed magazine deadline kept me confined to quarters.
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Concert masters

May 25, 2017 - It rained almost all day, and, for the most part, hard, so I spent most of the mandatory indoor time finishing a story a...
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Learning curve

May 24, 2017 - Last spring or maybe the one before it, I got a note from a dear friend and loyal reader about a picture of a flower tha...
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May apple futures

May 23, 2017 - The sun came out briefly in the early morning, and since I knew that it wasn't likely to last, the light gave me an idea...
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Always at home

May 22, 2017 - The rains arrived on schedule, and while the precipitation wasn't as monsoonal as predicted, it was definitely not a day...
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Ovenbird, two ways

May 21, 2017 - Whenever I hear an Ovenbird, which, these days, is just about on every walk through the woods, I think of a poem written...
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A salute to corporals

May 20, 2017 - Overnight, the heat departed, and in its wake, cooler heads, well, weather, began to prevail. I spent the morning photog...
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Pinxter visitor

May 19, 2017 - The heat continues to have us firmly in its grip, and while I should be whining, I realize that the heat wave will only...
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Pond harvest

May 18, 2017 - As part of my ongoing collaboration with Wheeler Middle School biology teacher Kristi Williams, I spent the morning and...
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Back to bobolinks

May 17, 2017 - Genuine heat made its presence known today, so, naturally, I decided to visit the warmest, least sheltered place, outsid...
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Tennessee side trip

May 16, 2017 - This was a busy work day, but the sun actually came out strong, the temperature warmed, and though I was supposed to be...
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The teakettle out front

May 15, 2017 - Yet another cool, dreary day, and while this untoward weather is to be embraced for its potential to unleash Gypsy-Moth-...
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Not quite White-eyed

May 14, 2017 - The cold rains finally eased enough this afternoon to permit a camera-laden trek to the Henne Preserve to check on the s...
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Hummingbird face-off

May 13, 2017 - In contrast to yesterday's long trek, I didn't need to go very far to find something interesting. On this chilly morning...
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Wild columbines

May 12, 2017 - I'd almost completely forgotten about wild columbines—the real things, the original hummingbird magnets—but quite unexpe...
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Floral welcome

May 11, 2017 - For almost 20 years, starting in 1992, I worked as an editor at the Yale Alumni Magazine, and every day the weather and...
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Make way for goslings

May 10, 2017 - For yet another collection of probably not very good reasons, this was not a walking day, except, I have to admit, down...
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Searching low and high

May 09, 2017 - It's May, and, of course, time for some of the month's namesake blossoms. The beginnings of the blooms working their way...
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Ephemeral end

May 08, 2017 - Many of the earliest and showiest wildflowers that I find and document belong to a group collectively known as the "spri...
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Guardians

May 07, 2017 - I think I'm on to something here: no matter how busy and, from a trekking perspective, unproductive the week has been, I...
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Tigers on the money

May 06, 2017 - I spotted the first of the Tiger Swallowtails about a week ago, and though I've seen at least one of these exquisite but...
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Redbud, finally

May 05, 2017 - One of the joys of working at Yale was the chance, every day, to walk through the gardens that adorned the campus and so...
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Different dining

May 04, 2017 - When the Tent Caterpillar nests on the wild cherries became obvious last week, I was sorely tempted to remove them befor...
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Ulota love it... OK, sorry...

May 03, 2017 - Ignorance may not quite be bliss, but, for this naturalist, it is certainly a goad, and though, when it comes to mosses,...
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Wood frog preparation

May 01, 2017 - I somehow survived turning a year older, and as a reward for my dogged longevity—OK, 67 isn't really that old, particula...
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There goes the neighborhood

May 01, 2017 - What a birthday present! I wanted a new supertelephoto lens, a Nikon all-in-one p900, a DJI drone, or, at least, a Hasti...
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