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

Nightly Forest Report

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Deep in the Heart of Textiles, in May of 2014.  When I started this blog about nature, I thought it fit better here.  I have… Continue reading

Upset But Not Alone

   

Caterpillars and Moths

We are having a warm fall, and I found two caterpillars late in October. I was excited to find this caterpillar munching on one of our invasive trees, the Chinese tallow.  If I… Continue reading

If I Could Translate Grasshopper into English

  Of course I did release this grasshopper as soon as I had some good pictures.  She was ID’d for me at BugGuide.net as an American Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca americana, part of the… Continue reading

Pairs

Favorite Nature Writers – Florence A. Merriam

I love the tone of old nature guide books.  Reading one is like sitting by the campfire, chatting with a nature expert, after taking a long hike in their company. One of my… Continue reading