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The Earth Deserves More Than Just One Day A Year

“Please educate someone about the birds and the bees, because without bees, humans become the canary in the coal mine, and we make bad canaries because we’re already such sheep.” …

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One Milkweed to 38 Monarch Caterpillars

The ONLY plant that monarch caterpillars can eat is milkweed.  There are many varieties, so it’s best to buy the ones that are native to your area if you’re interested in helping the monarch butterflies reproduce.   335 more words

A Look Back, A New Look Going Forward.

WordPress congratulated me a little while back on my 5 years of blogging. An automated nod for sure. Ordinaryhiker was my original title for a blog that was to be a nature journal. 283 more words

Nature Photography

Grateful for Time

When I was ten, my parents sent me to the best place I had ever been in my life: summer camp. We rose early, ate well, and played outdoors all day – hiking, swimming, archery – I would have happily stayed until school started again. 1,877 more words

Piedmont Gardening

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

The two days before my last monarch caterpillar formed its chrysalis, it was easily eating three to four milkweed leaves per day.  Seriously, this caterpillar meant business!  41 more words


Magical Milkweed

Silken threads released from seed pods glisten in the sun.
The seeds float like tiny fairies on the breeze.
Landing softly
And whats not to love about a plant that is the sole food of the Monarch caterpillar. 30 more words


This and That

Here are a snapshots taken with my cell phone while working in the garden this Autumn. The Green Rose (Rosa chinensis viridiflora)  is blooming.  The bush was suffering, but is now having a comeback.  162 more words