What Butterfly Has Its Name Printed on Its Wing?

Spring is here and the woods are full of butterflies. The butterfly that has its name printed right on its wing is a Question Mark.  (A Comma is also a correct answer, and… Continue reading

Way Better Than Half-Priced Candy

Our family tradition is to celebrate holidays a day or two after their real date, so that we can wait and buy the candy for half price.  This year for Valentine’s Day, we… Continue reading

The Beauty of Little Brown Birds

This winter I have been very inspired by the work of nature writer Florence A. Merriam.  She was the first to write about observing birds alive in the field, rather than relying on… Continue reading

The Thousand-Footed First-Footer

You may have heard of the Scottish tradition of First Footing — that to start the New Year off right, the first person to cross your threshold should be a dark-headed male, carrying… Continue reading

Waterside Supper with Riparian Entertainments

(With thanks to Hyacinth Bucket and her memorable announcements.) (Strictly speaking, some of these are “Marine Entertainments” rather than “Riparian.” ) On Christmas Day, my husband and I went birding on the Texas… Continue reading

Twelve Days of Christmas, National Elk Refuge Style

In March of 2013, my husband and I took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we took a tour of the National Elk Refuge.  I finally got around to editing those photos,… Continue reading

Bird Species 92

There is a bird up there somewhere. Let me zoom in for you. This is very exciting — this is the 92nd species I have documented on our farm over the last 7… Continue reading

Ant Mimics

On Thanksgiving Day, I walked off the turkey by exploring my mother-in-law’s yard for wildlife.  Deep in the brush, I saw a warbler that I could never get a good look at, I… Continue reading

Green Tree Frog

Yesterday was a cool and cloudy day with the promise of rain, so I took advantage of the weather to work in the woods.  I was down in the creek bed, pulling some… Continue reading

A Sharp Dressed Bug

I found this bug yesterday, on a very decrepit goatweed plant.  I have been reading The Practical Entomologist by Rick Imes, and learning the basic insect orders, so I recognized that this is… Continue reading