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Summer's Last Swallowtails

In the final weeks of September, one of the butterflies emerged with damaged wings. She couldn’t fly, so I kept her in the caterpillar habitat and gave her fresh clippings from the butterfly bush every day. 200 more words


Don't blow it!

As we savor the glorious color of New England in autumn, an obnoxious machine can disrupt our enjoyment.

Leafblowers are so noisy, wasteful and unhealthy that their use should be restricted or banned. 426 more words

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Spider Eyes (Arachnophobia Alert!)

This little jumping spider was not eager to have its picture taken.

Also, it was able to keep at least one eye on me, no matter what angle I tried. 68 more words


Stone soul playground

I have been having fun for the last few weeks, playing with stones.

This outburst of rocky recreation was occasioned by the replacement of our old crumbling-asphalt driveway with a gravel driveway that can accommodate both our car and the cars of our tenants. 709 more words

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Nearing the End of a Hot Summer

Our hot, humid summer is turning brittle around the edges

It’s reassuring, really, how fall arrives

Even after the hottest of summers

I will miss the months of extravagance… 14 more words


Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Yesterday a new species of swallowtail butterfly visited the yard. This zebra swallowtail stopped a while to explore the butterfly bush, letting me snap a few photos before it wandered off. 17 more words