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Oil Beetles, They’re Pretty Slick

It’s quite easy to walk our woods and see “nothing”. There are many months when the trees are bare and the ground is brown. Our walking trail is a loop, and it is not difficult for a human to walk in a circle and not see a deer. But that is only when we are […]

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Barefoot with the Singing Spiders

I went for a barefoot walk of the woods yesterday. A thing to be savoured before the bitey bugs wake up. Sleep tight mosquitos… One of many many things I like about walking barefoot is the quiet. I’m certain that to the critters in the woods I still sound like a bipedal animal (tripedal if […]

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Look Comma Again

The little Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) butterfly I mentioned the other day took up residence on our porch under Sherman, our potted solstice shrubbery who was sitting there waiting to be planted. Though Sherman was in a pretty awkward spot for us, I decided to leave him where he was, until the Comma moved out. […]

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It’s a real beauty, full stop.

Hello sunshine! Spotted this fast fluttering friend on the porch today. Like the chipmunks who have already begun their zip zipping chaos around our yard, overwintering butterflies like Mourning Cloaks and Commas seize on these early warm days. Emerging from the nooks and crannies and bits of bark where they’ve folded themselves away for the […]