Guest Post: Will’s Nature with Minnows

This weekend my husband and I shared a significant anniversary, and unbeknownst to me, he arranged ahead of time for it to be filled with visits from family and friends.  It has been… Continue reading

A Comforting Poem

I have been reading a little book I bought for a dollar from the used book shed of the Marfa Public Library, out in West Texas.  The title is Earth Prayers, and it… Continue reading

Armchair Homesteading – Grace McCance Snyder

Grace McCance Snyder moved with her family to homestead in Nebraska in 1885, when she was three years old.  She lived there all her life, (except for four years in Oregon) and wrote… Continue reading

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

For the last few weeks, whenever I walked past a certain thicket, I would hear a Geiger-counter of a scolding start up.  I would think that any bird scolding me for encroaching on… Continue reading

Super Moon, Night Two

I had so much fun photographing in the dark on Monday night, that I went back out last night. First of all, I noticed two fish, stationary in the shallows of our pond. … Continue reading

While Waiting for the Super Moon…

…I noticed insects utilizing the dog fennel plants. Dog fennel, also known as Yankee weed, looks lovely and feathery in the summer, like asparagus fern.  But this time of year it looks blowsy… Continue reading

Hill Country Butterflies and Friends

Over the weekend, we went to a friend’s wedding, which was held in a grove of oak trees on a ranch near Austin.  The location was phenomenal, the weather cooperated, and it was… Continue reading

Bird Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz on out-dated bird names, as found in a 1988 US government report. 1 — burrion goes with picture E, the House Finch.  (This is a female.) … Continue reading

So You Think You Know Your Bird Names

I love complicated and ridiculous bird names — Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, and Flammulated Owl are a few of my favorites. But when I am reading very old bird books, I sometimes come… Continue reading

Rare Reflections