The town of Caerphilly, even the county borough in which it is now situated, is inextricably linked to the massive Medieval castle that stands in the centre of the community.
Out with the cold, in with the woo. ~E. Marshall, "Spring Thought" A hike this afternoon at Arabia Mountain (my favorite local place!) led to a couple good finds. A very brave Jay scooped up this gelatinous mass of salamander eggs(?) from a vernal pool for me to poke and squirm at. Show More Summary
Virginia Rail By: Pat Coate Many thanks to Jim Adams (http://ayearinoatka.blogspot.com/) for recently helping me add a couple life birds to my list. One was this Virginia Rail, seen at Mendon Ponds Park near Rochester, NY. Normally a secretive bird, this one was easier to find than usual due to a shortage of open water […]
For Caesar, it foretold the day of his assassination. For me, the 15th of March may be a bright, sunny day foretelling spring, a blizzard concluding winter, or, most likely, something in between. So it was on March 15, 2013.
Mouse Tank TrailValley of Fire - Nevada ©trryan - February 2014 This is my 83 year old cousin hiking with me on the Mouse Tank Trail in Nevada's Valley of Fire. In the words of John Muir - she likes to "climb a mountain to wash her spirit...Show More Summary
White Pelicans By: Pat Coate While in England traveling with my daughter we spent a day in London. We took the train into Waterloo Station and spent the day walking all over taking in the sights – Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Eye, Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery, and Trafaglar Square. Despite […]
Iolo's Welsh Sea producer John Gwyn takes us behind the scenes when the team filmed sharks for the last episode in the series.
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 […]
Calico BasinRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©trryan - March 2014 The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we will ever need--if only we had the yes to see. Show More Summary
Last week on one of the warm days, I went up on our land in the utility vehicle to collect manure for the garden. On the way back, I took the old logging road through the woods. All of a sudden a bird flew up in front of the vehicle....Show More Summary
Robin By: Pat Coate Had a marvelous opportunity to spend two weeks in Great Britain traveling with my daughter. One stop was in the Sherwood Forest/Nottingham area – the land of Robin Hood. Whether fact or fiction, we had lots of fun walking through hallowed Sherwood Forest, visiting Nottingham Castle and Ye Olde Trip to […]
Photographed at La Mamounia HotelRoom #106Marrakech, Morocco In the evening we came backInto our yellow room,For a moment taken abackTo find the light left on,Falling on silent flowers,Table, book, empty chairWhile we had gone elsewhere,Had...Show More Summary
We're riding a weather roller-coaster here in the swamp. One day it's freezing cold, the next it's balmy and bright. We experienced a couple of warm days in a row last week and of course took the opportunity to get out and see who and what was enjoying the respite along with us.Our first stop was a hibernacula-rich area just down the road. Show More Summary
We very purposefully stumbled upon the Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve near Cairo GA this past weekend. Cairo (pronounced like the famous syrup) is not a place that you can easily stumble upon... it's really in the middle of nowhere.Show More Summary
Tracy Harris has been filming the desperate plight of the homeless in her home town of Swansea with filmmaker Chris Rushton for Mentorn Cymru over for the last hree years. This is Tracy's account of filming the final episode of Swansea: Return to the Streets.
Our 19" of snow that fell February 12-13 began melting over the weekend. By Thursday, February 20, it was mostly gone with only a few patches left. On the way back from a meeting in town today, I saw a large flock of mostly red-winged blackbirds along Walker Creek. Show More Summary
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 […]
Rough-legged Hawk By: Pat Coate Besides the Snowy Owl, we have another Arctic bird of prey wintering in our area – the Rough-legged Hawk. These birds breed in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of North America, Europe and Asia. In Europe and Asia they are known as Rough-legged Buzzards. Rough-legged Hawk taking flight Several field […]
This storm will be one that I will remember for a long time. On TV, the weather forecaster said it would be the storm that people will remember about their childhood. I measured a final 15 inches on our back deck but snow drifts were a lot deeper. Show More Summary