The Elusive Black Saddlebags

One of my ongoing projects is to photograph and identify all the (non-microscopic) species we have on our farm. Sometimes it is the ID process that is tricky; other times I can easily… Continue reading

Reddish Egrets

I love Reddish Egrets because they are easy to identify by their behavior — when I see them, they are either standing around trying to look like a stump, or dancing frantically as… Continue reading

Wander and Ponder

One of the things I am most grateful for in my life, is the opportunities I have to wander around all by myself.  Our family has two rural properties, so when I walk… Continue reading

I Spy…Tiny Ones

[This post was originally on my other blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles, as part of a photography challenge. It seems to belong better over here. It was originally posted on May… Continue reading

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer

This weekend is the City Wide Nature Challenge, a four-day event where we are encouraged to get outside and document the biodiversity in our home communities. Last year the weather was perfect for… Continue reading

Lyrical Color

Imagine that you and I are naturalists from different regions in the early 1800s, communicating about our findings, and that I come across a new butterfly. Maybe I would include a sketch in… Continue reading

A Lovely April Morning Walk

So often, I can’t get my camera to focus where I want it to, but this past Sunday morning, the photography stars aligned and all my pictures turned out beautifully! On my regular… Continue reading

Texas Cold Snap Brings Out the Birds

You may have seen something in the news about the week of freezing temperatures we had here in Texas, and if you live in a temperate zone, you may be saying, “Can’t they… Continue reading

Wrapping up 2020

In a normal year, my pattern of interaction with nature goes something like this: Daily: carry my camera with me when I go outside, and if I see a new species, try to… Continue reading

Our Farm Bird List Grows to 101!

Ever since we moved to our family farm 11 years ago, I have been doing my best to document all the species that live here or pass through. I got a digital camera… Continue reading