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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

6 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

“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

6 months agoHobbies / Nature : Marcia Bonta

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

California Spotted Owls

During the summer of 2014 I was part of a California Spotted Owl surveying team and spent many late nights out in the forest hooting and looking for these medium sized birds. Surveys are done for a number of reasons including to determine if the birds are present on lands that have logging or fuels projects planned. Show More Summary

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

8 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

8 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 […]

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