Toad Update Solves an ID Mystery

A few weeks ago, when we went on the walk at the Center for Biological Research Studies, I saw an unfamiliar amphibian. Looking at the small picture on my camera screen, the director… Continue reading

September Showers Bring Butterflies

This past weekend, we got to go out to the Texas Hill Country.  Our place there is about 300 miles west of where we live in East Texas.  It normally gets about 25… Continue reading

A Trip to a Research Station

Usually when I am out in nature, I am at a park or a beach, or even my own yard.  But this past weekend I was able to go to a real research… Continue reading

Beach Reading

On your next sojourn at the shore, skip the scandal sheets and salacious best sellers, and instead, scan this source about the specimens surrounding you — Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and… Continue reading

Beautiful Bee Balm

The tall wildflower Bee Balm attracts attention from a distance with its tall wedding cake layers, and then draws you in with layers of decorative detail. I love the two-color combination on the… Continue reading

Fish for Dinner — or Not

It’s easy to overlook familiar birds, but yesterday I noticed a Great Blue Heron that was poised in an unusual stance, with its head low to the water for a long period of… Continue reading

Host and Guests — Yellow Thistle

In late March and early April these Yellow Thistles were blooming in the pasture.  The plants stand about a foot and a half tall (a half meter), and I would say the blooms… Continue reading

Bird 97

In my quest to document all the birds that visit our farm, I was happy that this week I was finally able to photograph a White-eyed Vireo here.  I hear them all the… Continue reading

New Birds and Bugs

In my quest to document all the wild species that appear here on our farm, I am always excited to identify a new species.  So far this year, I have gotten two new… Continue reading

A Lovely Spring Afternoon

We have been having phenomenal weather, cool, breezy, and clear.  The trees are leafing out, our winter birds have moved on, for the most part, and the insects are zooming around purposefully. I… Continue reading