On my weekend (everyone else’s Monday) I squeezed in a trip over to Cox Arboretum, where there is a special garden. Woodland wildflowers tend to be difficult to cultivate, but they have succeeded, and filled out the garden with crowd-favorite domestics. It was an enchanting place to walk through and photograph, and introducing the Jr… Read More Spring Wildflowers
It struck me this morning that my laissez faire approach to insect hunting is slowly morphing into something else. I was stalking bugs yesterday after work, just casting around behind the house for some little thing, and as I hung poised over the flowers waiting for movement so I could focus and shoot, it crossed… Read More Gotta Catch them All!
I can hear birds outside, as the sun rises. Far from being silent, spring is noisy joyful chaos. This is country, although crowded for my tastes – but it is country, by the lights of the surrounding farm fields and forest that looms up behind the house. There are deer that walk by the fences… Read More Birdsong
I did something yesterday I haven’t done in years. It’s a thing I’ve done since I was a teen, but since the move to Ohio, I haven’t had the room. Some habits, though, just don’t die. I picked weeds for the table. See, the Otaku Princess gave me a vase for Christmas. She thought it… Read More Just Weeds
I should probably have tried to make that rhyme, but instead I’ll leave you with some photos. I have to run the girls to school, and then make my boy his breakfast and pack his lunch and… and later today I have a quiz over the last 40+ trees we identified recently. Her quizzes are… Read More Water is wet, the Sky is Blue, I’m Busy…
As my readers know, I do hang out on FB, with all the pitfalls that entails. I really enjoy the ability to instantly interact with friends and family that live around the globe. It’s great for that. But I’m constantly tripping over stuff that is just… not true. Most of the time I just scroll… Read More Myth-Busting: Daddy Longlegs
I’m off to classes. I think today we are talking about invertebrate embryology, so I decided to put up a few of my recent ‘captures’ while bug hunting.
I know I’m among the rare few who really think some spiders are cute. I think all of them serve a vital ecological purpose, and try not to kill them just because I can see them (I draw the line at the bathroom and bedroom, they aren’t allowed there). Last night sitting in the backyard… Read More Cute and Animated
If you have a park near you, be sure to check it out. I’m not really talking about the little parks that are a playground and not much else – no, these are the big, spacious places with trees and water and hiking paths… Next step, pick up a good guide to wildflowers and one… Read More Geeky Kids: Adventures in the Park
I am up at Mad Genius Club today with the second part of Forensics for Writers. I’m not at home today, so here are some Pretty Birds to look at in the meantime.