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Season's end

There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go?~ Joe WheelerMy summer of sun and fun at the Jersey Shore has come to an end and I'm back in ATL to wait out the off season... Show More Summary

The Life of a Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

On July 31, I watered my parsley plant and noticed this small caterpillar wiggling when the water splashed on him... Black Swallowtail Caterpillar July 31, 2014 I missed a lot of instars (earlier caterpillars) before I saw him--some naturalist I am! This is a close up view where you see the water drops from my watering can. Show More Summary

Hummingbirds in the Sierra Nevada

Red flowers in the Sierra Nevada seem to attract hummingbirds in abundance this season. Trumpet shaped penstemons and other similarly shaped flowers have nectar that the hummingbirds eat, and each patch of blooming flowers seems to have...Show More Summary

Fast forward

Piping Plover chick 1 of 2. Day 25. Fledge Day!We lost two chicks from this brood, but it's still a win.If I repeat that often enough, I might begin to believe it...

Pancake Flats

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

On a cool, breezy day in late July, my husband Bruce and I decided to hike on Green Springs Trail in Pennsylvania State Game Lands #108.


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 […]

Cooking with my Sun Stove

As soon as my new GoSun Stove arrived today, I read the user guide and set it up in the shade. I was one of the early investors on KickStarter for the GoSunStove. I was impressed with the design and quality of the materials. I had always wanted to make a parabolic sun stove myself but never got around to it. Show More Summary

Cavity-Nesting Birds

2 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

I’ve never thought of myself as a female Dr. Doolittle, but last June a bird “talked” to me and I understood her.

June Butterflies, Moth, and Frog

June has consistently been in the 80s and sometimes in the 90s (far too early for that in the mountains!). I emptied my rain barrel twice to water the garden so rain has definitely been less than needed. Today has been the first completely...Show More Summary

Fresh from the nest!

Piping Plover chick 1 of 4. Day 7. 19 days until fledge day.Today was our first sunny day with people on the beach.We all survived without too many ruffled feathers.:-)

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 […]

How to: have hope

Least Tern scrape American Oystercatcher caginess Waiting to be found Just as the sun steps over the horizon, head east. Drive with the sun in your eyes until you hit water. Do not think about yesterday's losses. Do not linger too long over what might've been. Show More Summary

A field guide to PIPLs

Much of the general beach-going public seems determined to believe that Piping Plovers don't really exist. Many act as if they're just an imaginary endangered bird the rest of us have made up to inconvenience dog-walkers or otherwise...Show More Summary

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. […]

Reading the morning papers

Every day I make "rounds" to the 7 or so sites that I'm responsible for; ideally I get to the beach first thing in the morning while the news is still current. Oftentimes, like any busy person, I just scan the newspaper's sections for stories I want to read further... Show More Summary

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