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

Eyes

After being at the International Quilt Festival all day, my eyes are about to close. So I will leave you with some eyes that are wider awake than I am.  You can click… Continue reading

Sparrow Cheat Sheet

A tiny bird caught my attention the other day.  From one set of weeds it would dive into another, always just a few feet from me but never clearly visible.  Finally it landed… Continue reading

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

Just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada is a National Conservation Area called Red Rock Canyon.  I had hoped to visit this place since I learned about it back in 2006.  At that time… Continue reading

Birding a Barrier Island

We are very blessed in Texas to have so many types of habitat so close to each other.  Where I live, three ecoregions come together, and within a 2-hour drive, there are 10… Continue reading

Possibly Chihuly Could Do It Justice

Dale Chihuly is one of my favorite artists.  His glass artworks are often inspired by nature, and they also complement natural settings. When I go to Las Vegas, Nevada, I always go to… Continue reading

An Ordinary, Glorious Day

I spent this morning with another volunteer, walking a private property, helping the landowner by searching for a certain endangered plant.  We didn’t end up finding any, but we did find a close… Continue reading

Dragonfly Detecting

Last year I bought the field guide Dragonflies of Texas.  Each two-paged species account is packed with information, including a full-sized body silhouette, color photos, range map, key features, and a seasonal histogram,… Continue reading

Bird Fanfares

Most days I hear bird sounds in the background throughout the day.  There is an automatic cataloging of the ones I know — “Blue jay… Carolina wren…hummingbird… can’t remember that one but I… Continue reading