Monthly Archives: April 2015

Feathered finery

A couple of days ago, as I was chatting with a pair of chickadees (probably black-capped, Poecile atricapillus) that have built a nest in our wren housem and trying to get a few portrait shots as they flitted around from … Continue reading

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Webnesday (24)

We have a small stone wall behind the house with lots of nooks and crannies, and it’s my favorite place to look for spiders. I’ve only seen a few this year, but the weather has been so nice during the … Continue reading

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Cool catkins, continued

As a sequel to the willow catkins from northern Minnesota that I brought you a few days ago, here’s what is currently waiting for us just outside our back door. The tree is a river birch (Betula nigra), one of … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: First forest foray

We drove north last week to check on the cabin to see how it had fared through the winter, and I’m happy to be able to provide a good report—no trees fell on it and no critters made their way … Continue reading

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Webnesday (23)

Just the other day our first jumping spider of the season made his appearance. We’d opened the window to let in the fresh air on a delightfully warm day and closed it again as it cooled off. The next day … Continue reading

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A sad passing and a happy recovery

Ever since we settled on this house, some 17 years ago, we have loved our flowering crabapple tree, delighting in its spring blossoms and the fragrance they emanate.  But the severe, cold, dry winter of 2013 was too much for … Continue reading

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Serenity Sunday: Nuanced nutflowers

Another fine step in spring’s progress: Our dwarf flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa) is living up to its name in fine shape. A single blossom is about an inch in diameter. It was very windy yesterday, and it took several tries … Continue reading

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