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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:

Ida Goodson, North Florida Blueswoman: An Ethnography

Ida Goodson: North Florida Blues Woman, an Ethnography “Many a night I saw the Pleiades, rising through the mellow shake, Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid. “ Alfred Tennyson in Locksley Hill. IntroductionShow More Summary

(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. […]

Gamelands Tour

3 weeks agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

I’ve always preferred to walk rather than drive through the fields and forests of Pennsylvania. Still, I was tempted last October by a driving tour in nearby State Gamelands #108 and persuaded my husband, Bruce, to accompany me. It was a lovely autumn day when we found our way to a gamelands access road in […]

Packing up

I finally took the plunge and moved my blog to Wordpress! Please follow me there at: Somewhere in NJ

on sacred ground

Cache Creek through the NarrowsWichita Mountains - Oklahoma September 2014 Sacred land to several aboriginal tribes I stray onto sacred groundThe resting place of souls bygone.Solace is what I seek,But there is no solaceNo succor toShow More Summary


It didn't feel much like the end of summer today; Atlanta is as hot as ever in the middle of the afternoon. We strolled along the Belt Line looking at the art on display and found these two sweet little girls...

that country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist

A Walk in the Ohio HillsWashington County August, 2014 "That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. Show More Summary

some rivers i've known

Crossing the River at Lome Togo, West Africa February 2012 I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. Show More Summary

i gave it back to the sea

Monday I found a boot –Rust and salt leather.I gave it back to the sea, to dance in.Tuesday a spar of timber worth thirty bob.Next winterIt will be a chair, a coffin, a bed.Wednesday a half can of Swedish spirits.I tilted my head.The...Show More Summary

ode to an old barn

Ode to an Old BarnWashington County, OH August 18, 2014 It smelled of hay and it smelled of manure. It smelled of the perspiration of tired horses and the wonderful sweet breath of patient cows. It often had a sort of peaceful smell--as though nothing bad could happen ever again in the world. Show More Summary

they know the songs of grasses and the script of snakes

"The Mara belongs to the Maasai or the Maasai to the Mara. The umbilical cord between man and earth has not been severed here. The Maasai pasture their cattle next to leopard and lion. They know the songs of grasses and the script of snakes. Show More Summary

White-footed Mice

“I think mice are rather nice.” So began the children’s poem by Rose Amy Fyleman that I read to my three sons when they were young. Fyleman was an English writer who lived in earlier times (1877-1957) and her mice were not the primary hosts for the larvae and nymphs of black-legged (Lyme disease) ticks […]

Bridge Swallows

Cliff swallows are amazingly adaptable birds. Unlike most species, they seem to thrive because of human-designed structures.

Shine on

I was the-lady-behind-the-snowy-owl in a thousand photos taken that night! Given the opportunity, I'll complain to most anyone who'll listen about how much I hate living in the city, but I have to admit (however grudgingly!) that it does have its perks, one of which is the Lantern Parade. Show More Summary

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