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Mayapples, Phlox, Bluebells and More....

Spring always happens so quickly that before I know it, I haven't posed the half of it! This is just what I photographed on April 19: Large Flowered Trillium The Large-Flowered Trillium was a little early, perhaps because this one was near the edge of our yard--not in the cove where most of them bloom on our land. Show More Summary

Fox Squirrel Rescue

I was running along a high ridge when I heard a vocalization that was unfamiliar to me. It was a piercing, mournful whistle, insistent and regular. When I hear a birdlike call that I've never heard, there are two possibilities. Possibility One is that it's a bird with which I'm not familiar. Show More Summary

Earthquake in Nepal

Unlike many earthquakes, which develop along hidden faults beneath oceans or featureless plains, today's magnitude 7.8 quake in Nepal is easy to understand, even for the novice geologist. The Indian Subcontinent, which broke from Antarctica...Show More Summary

Andes Volcanism

The eruption of the Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile this week is that peak's first significant activity since 1972 and the most recent eruption in the Andes Chain, a volcanic range that began to form during the Mesozoic Era (the Age of Dinosaurs). Show More Summary

A Riot of Life

In late April, wetlands across the Temperate Zone of North America harbor a riot of sound and color; the Garth Wetlands, in north Columbia, Missouri, are no exception. Characterized by a mosaic of ponds, meadows, cattail marshes andShow More Summary

Noisy Intruders

By late April, some songbirds, such as robins and mourning doves, are already nesting. Their parental activity will soon be mimicked by summer residents arriving from the south. Indeed, birdsong is beginning to peak, reflecting the mating...Show More Summary

The Preacher Returns

The preacher has returned to our central Missouri neighborhood. Dressed in his cinnamon-brown suit, he chooses a conspicuous location to deliver his message; as if to emphasize the importance of his words, each phrase is repeated and the volume of his sermon does not waver. Show More Summary

Shot On Location: Celebrate Earth Day With a Cinematic Homage

Wednesday is the 45th annual Earth Day, and according to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people from 192 countries will participate in celebrations, activities, and events. This makes Earth Day the largest civic observance in the world. Show More Summary

12 talks to watch this Earth Day

Planet Earth doesn’t exactly have a birthday. But every year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — the anniversary of the moment the environmental movement went mass. According to EarthDay.org, Earth Day was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who called for a “national teach-in on the environment” after witnessing the terrible effects [ … ]

Railing at Eagle Bluffs

By late April, waterfowl migrations are beginning to wind down at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, in central Missouri. Nevertheless, there were a large number of ducks on the refuge when I visited yesterday morning; American coot, blue-winged teal and northern shovelers were most abundant, joined by hooded mergansers, wood ducks and lesser scaup. Show More Summary

Spring - Slowly

6 days agoHobbies / Nature : SwampThings

Spring has been doing a two-steps-forward, one-step-back routine this year. Leaves have been slow to come out, flowers have bloomed "off schedule," and temperatures have bounced between downright chilly and downright hot. But it could be worse, so I won't complain (too much). Show More Summary

Spring Pops!

Oh, how I love these showery, flowery days. when the rainbow ends in a pot of gold. The Forsythia has gone by now, all green leaves and laggard blossoms. When it goes, the roses grow. I cut them back early this year, and they're beginning to bounce back from the horrible winter of 2013. Show More Summary

Cedar-Apple Rust

Yesterday, after a steady morning rain, my wife called me outside to look at strange, gelatinous growths in our eastern red cedar trees. Bright orange, tennis ball sized and characterized by numerous tendrils, these alien ornaments had...Show More Summary

Why Now, Flowers?

Everything's bustin' out. The redbud is out full. The forest is a haze of filmy green and rust and red. Deep within, newly arrived hooded warblers, ovenbirds and wood thrushes are singing. The birches are suddenly leafing and hanging in yellow catkins. Show More Summary

A Welcome Invasion

I have returned to central Missouri just in time for the annual invasion of summer and migrant songbirds, which should unfold over the next month. Having wintered along the Gulf Coast, in Mexico or even in South or Central America, these...Show More Summary

Travel by Radar

Heading east on the High Plains yesterday afternoon, we knew that our journey involved some risk. After all, the massive spring storm that brought heavy snow to much of Colorado had also been igniting tornadic thunderstorms on the Great...Show More Summary

Detour to Scenic Terrain

Planning to head back toward Missouri today, we learned that Interstate 70 was closed east of Denver due to dense fog and multiple accidents. We thus took an alternate and far more scenic route.Colorado 86 runs west to east between Castle Rock, on I-25, and Interstate 70, a few miles north of Limon. Show More Summary

Do Elephants Have a Sense of Self?

Excerpted from Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse by Caitlin O’Connell. Out now from the University of Chicago Press. In terms of cognitive processing, not only do elephants have the largest absolute brain size among land mammals, they also have the largest temporal lobe relative to body size of any animal, including humans. Show More Summary

Magic Bones

I'd had a rough day. One of those where everything you're facing seems impossible, daunting and endless, and it seems things will be this way forever. I'd lost my way again. I lose it all the time. When I feel helpless to effect change,...Show More Summary

Colorado Spring Breaks

Contrary to the image in the minds of Americans from other States and, perhaps, the citizens of other countries, Front Range cities are not enveloped in snow and ice for most of the year; indeed, periods of warm, sunny weather generally develop during every month. Show More Summary

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