After freezing rain on Friday, it warmed up a little this weekend, bringing a few more flowers out. The coltsfoot above bloomed on Feb. 10 but will continue blooming for awhile. A yellow poplar seed pod is below it, giving you an idea of its size, a little smaller than a dandelion. Show More Summary
We went for afternoon tea yesterday at Glenridge Hall with some other supporters of Atlanta Audubon... we'd "won" the opportunity to be treated to this special event by bidding in a silent auction at the 40th Anniversary Gala back in...Show More Summary
I have been smelling them and also been seeing their tracks but last night was my first of the year Skunk running around! We probably saw 3 different ones out on the roads last night! (CHECK) Subscribe to Mon@rch All Rights Reserved ©2006-2013 Filed under: iPhone
It's a tough time to be involved in the arts - budgets are tight and extra pickings in funding terms are slimmer than ever.
Long-tailed ducks By: Pat Coate Had a lot of fun on Monday birding in Buffalo with Joe and Bert. We started at the Erie Basin Marina where the focus was on gulls. Using their scopes, Joe and Bert picked out Glaucous and Iceland gulls from the more run-of-the-mill and abundant Herring and Ring-billed gulls; Great [...]
At the end of August 1914 Lord Kitchener called for a further 100,000 volunteers to form what he termed "a New Army" to give extra weight to the armed forces.
Isn't there a saying about a rainy day at the beach being better than almost anything...: )So it rained while we were in Florida and when it stopped raining it got so cold and windy that being outside on the beach was almost unbearable.Almost.We...Show More Summary
Theatre company Cytser is not shy when it comes to unusual settings for screening cinema. They've previously invited audiences to don hard hats and venture into deep slate caverns and now they are planning an evening of cinema about bikes powered entirely by bikes.
This week I had my first Tufted Titmouse of the year (CHECK). Wednesday I also had 2 White Winged Crossbills over on the Quaker side of Allegany State Park (CHECK). That takes me up to 44 species for the year. Weather is changing and the birds should be rolling in here soon. Subscribe to Mon@rch [...]
Every family has its own fables - tales of moral value with important lessons which are passed down from generation to generation.
In a time when many of us share grave ecological concerns, eco-poetry has proved itself to be a burgeoning art form, with poets as prominent as Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy penning verse about climate change.
I'm told it's Valentine's Day. Royal Mail must be arranging for a special, pink glittery forklift truck to bring me my annual sack of ear-stained Hallmarks and Obsession-drenched teddy bears.
By: Pat Coate A trek along the Allegheny River Trail earlier in the week yielded these unusual tree rings. Best guess is they formed as the partially frozen river receded after being swollen by recent rain and melting snow. Jim A., aka Tree Master, if this guess is not right please let me know how [...]
For a recently graduated artist, that first public show is always going to be nerve-wracking - you are letting the public in to critique your work for the very first time.
seashells cover the beaches, tinkling like wind chimes as they tumble over one another in the waves Our next throw-everything-in-the-car-plus-the-dog-roadtrip-to-escape-the-city is on for next week. We'll be spending a couple days on Sanibel Island and then a couple days around St. Show More Summary
The birds were up bright and early this morning getting ready for the huge storm that is going to hit us. Are you ready for this storm? Subscribe to Mon@rch All Rights Reserved ©2006-2013 Filed under: iPhone
I've been trying to grow them for years; this is my latest victim picked up at the local hardware store. We only have north and south facing windows, so it sits on my south-facing desk, soaking up the winter sunshine.Growing up, my mother had her beloved collection of violets displayed on the dining room windowsill. Anyone have tips to share to prevent its untimely demise?
American Tree Sparrow By: Pat Coate Sparrows are often referred to as “LBJs”, or Little Brown Jobs, among birders. Many species can be difficult to distinguish due to subtle differences in field marks and others due to their skulking behavior making getting a good look hard to come by. So, when a firm ID cannot [...]
Enjoying the sun.... after Ground Hogs Day the birds start singing. Today I heard my first Northern Cardinal singing its heart out. Subscribe to Mon@rch All Rights Reserved ©2006-2013 Filed under: iPhone
It has been over a year since the novelist and poet Owen Sheers rolled up his sleeves and ventured forth into the world of rucks, mauls, Ralgex and national heroes.