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Blog Profile / A Passion for Nature

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Swamp Rose

At this time of year when the trees’ color is just a tiny bit past peak color, the edges of the ponds still hold some amazing color. Not being much of a summer fan, I seem to have no photos of the blossoms. UPDATE:  After reading this, my friend Kathleen sent me this picture of […]

Sensitive Fern

In summer it looked like this: Sensitive to frost, it now looks like this: The little beads that hold the spores have set and will stay like this through the winter:   Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis): Lady Bird Johnson: USDA Plant Database:

(Green) Stinkbug

Well, I wasn’t going for the bug.  I was going for the hips – the red fruit of the rose – in this case Multiflora Rose (Rosa Multiflora). As I shot through the tangle of branches attempting to capture “red” I noticed quite a few insects, including this one: After a bit of searching, I […]

Winterberry Holly

What’s all that red out there? Winterberry Holly Ilex verticillata And wow, are they loaded with fruit this year! Poisonous to humans, they will provide food for birds and small mammals.  Like other hollies, this one native to North America is dioecious – there are male plants and female ones.  Unlike other hollies, this one is deciduous. […]


We’ve been trying to do it for years.  Something always distracts.  A different creek to explore.  Getting lost confused bewildered.  Starting too late to finish.  Too much snow.  My camera. Today we finally accomplished our goal.  We were determined.  We set out early.  We refreshed our memory on how to REALLY use the compass and topographic […]

No, It’s Not

You’re driving along the road and marvel at the large patches of Queen Anne’s Lace.  Except… no.  It isn’t. It’s actually “Wild Chervil” (Anthriscus sylvestris). It’s also in the Parsley family, like Queen Anne’s Lace, but when you get up close, you can tell the difference! Read more about it by clicking here. And then […]

Blacksnake Mountain Wildflowers

Could not wipe the smile off my face all day.  The wildflowers were riotous!  Thank you to Patty, Bonnie, Bob, and Lolli for being my hiking buddies. These were all blooming: Painted Trillium White Trillium Red Trillium Spring Beauties Dwarf Ginseng Barren Strawberries Common Strawberries Foamflower Mayflower Toothwort Common Blue Violet Sweet White Violet Round-leafed […]

Pre-Mother’s Day Walk

Every year, Jamestown Audubon offers a Mother’s Day Walk at its Bentley Sanctuary off of Fluvanna Avenue near the Strunk Road exit of Route 86.  I like to go on the Saturday before to see what’s blooming, and try to capture some fresh shots that maybe we can use next year to advertise the walk. […]

Bird Banding 2014

And so our bird banding season is underway! Licensed bird banders Emily Perlock, Scott Stoleson, and Don Watts generously give their time, talents, and expertise to show visitors how scientists collect data on birds. Throughout the season, Terry LeBaron and I will be taking pictures to be used at our September First Friday program.  In […]

River Walk

Because Jamestown Audubon is working on a project that involves taking people to the River Walk, I took my camera for a walk down there last Wednesday.

Holts Run Road… Again!

It’s new every time, because we hike it differently every time. This time, we went “backwards.” And by going backwards it was much easier to find the old Holts Run Road. We followed it to the beaver pond that is close to Crick’s Run. As we arrived, it started to snow. So pretty! These tracks […]

The Gorge!

We had to park up near the first campsite and walk down the rest of Hannum Road. We saw evidence that people had been down there along the Westside Overland Trail on snow shoes and skis. But no one had been down the path to the creek in some time. I couldn’t help thinking about […]


I wrote this article for Jamestown Audubon’s weekly column: Trees by Jennifer Schlick The temperature has risen 30 degrees to a balmy 23F, perfect for outdoor recreation.  The snow in the woods behind a friend’s house is thigh deep, so I strap on snow shoes and head out with the dogs.  The little one makes […]

Hey Ladies! Save the Dates!

October 3-5, 2014 on Grand Island, New York – Wild Women Unite! I’ll be teaching a photography workshop at this event. I’ve never been to it, but when Yvonne approached me about teaching, it sounded like so much fun, I think I’d go even if I weren’t teaching! Here’s what Yvonne asked me to share: […]

First Hike of 2014

My first hike of 2014:  Allegany State Park, of course.  We started on Coon Run Road, heading out the Fire Tower Trail.  Somewhere before we reached Willis Creek, we needed coffee and donuts.  Here was the view from our log: Once we crossed Willis Creek, we headed upstream, bushwhacking at first… but then finding the […]

This I Believe

I delivered this talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown today. This I Believe I have long been a fan of the NPR series “This I Believe.”  I admire the people who can so eloquently and so succinctly put their beliefs into words.  And I have long wanted to write my own “This I […]

A Delightful Surprise

One of our favorite bird guys stopped by Audubon to pick up the calendars he had ordered.  It was late afternoon and the meetings were over and I was just finishing a project… So when he suggested we go see if the Snowy Owl was still working the field up the road, I said, “Yes!” […]

I Come Alive

I awoke to snow on Tuesday morning and I was (to borrow a phrase from Karen Eckstrom) irrationally happy. I come alive in winter. The air is fresh and crisp – not heavy and humid. I sweat only from exertion, not from merely sitting. There are no bugs pestering my ears and neck. And the […]

Rails to Trails

Chautauqua County has several trails converted from old rail beds. Today I walked on one that starts on Route 430 not far from the intersection with Route 394 in Mayville NY. I hiked in as far as the power line, then turned around. It was cold, but once I got moving, I was comfortable. The […]

Annual Allegany State Park Breakfast

My friend Sue’s family had a tradition – a breakfast at Allegany State Park.  Rain, snow, or sunshine.  She reinstated the tradition a few years back and I am lucky enough to be on the invitation list.  This year, we stuffed ourselves on bacon, eggs, pancakes, several kinds of breads and pastries, watermelon, grapes, potatoes, […]

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