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What's In These Woods?

I’ve been slowly working on a children’s book about things that can be found in the forests of the Pennsylvania/ New Jersey area.

It’s been a slow crawl, mostly because halfway through it I decided to start over with my illustrations, even after I spent over fifty hours on the preliminary pen sketches and first few watercolors. 213 more words


Happy Fall, Ya'll!

Finally, my favorite season of the year has arrived! In honor of this momentous moment, I offer you a few photos I took yesterday afternoon when the sun appeared after days of clouds. 629 more words

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My Milkweed Garden a Year Later

Readers of my blog may remember that about this time last year, I acquired one or two plants of every species of milkweed being offered at the… 1,626 more words

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Now you see them, now you don't

It’s been a week of appearances and disappearances in my yard and gardens. Last weekend, Wonder Spouse and I were checking out our sad little creek, which has morphed into a series of shallow pools separated by sand bars, when we noticed this: 872 more words

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Recent Arrivals

Although summer heat and drought continue unabated, the quality of sunlight at dawn and dusk has changed. First, dawn is coming later, dusk earlier. But also the angle of the light is changing. 1,026 more words

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Ashes, ashes, all fall down

This past weekend, I walked the floodplain portion of my yard to count the number of Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) trees growing on it. 1,606 more words

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Pollinator Palooza

I have been spending way too much time outside with the camera lately. I’m not sure whether the diversity of pollinators in my garden has expanded this year, or I just wasn’t paying attention until now — mostly because I never had a camera that could come close to capturing these tiny, very active insects. 724 more words

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