Nature

Best Glass Cleaner. Period. And How to Stop Cardinals From Dive Bombing Your Windows

I’m going to be a fountain of useful information today and provide you with two invaluable tips.

I’m on a mad cleaning tear. Happens every few years. Clutter accumulates until I can’t stand it anymore, and then I go on an extreme purge. What doesn’t get thrown out or given away gets a good cleaning and/or properly put away. Which also means every window in the house gets washed inside and out. (I know many people have the time to … Read more

Got a Garden? Get It Enrolled

Million-Pollinator-Garden If you’re into gardening, you know about the pollination crisis. If you have a garden that attracts pollinators, please consider registering your garden at http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/.

The effort is to create a contiguous web of pollinator habitat across the country to save our native pollinators.

Nutrition ( lots of pollen and nectar sources) is very important to help pollinators withstand the diseases, mites and pesticides they are exposed to in the environment.

Having habitat for native pollinators is important too. … Read more

In Case You Missed It–Blood Moon Eclipse

Last night, I had a front row seat for a spectacular display, where three separate lunar events converged— the first of its kind since 1982, and the last we’ll see until 2033. The total eclipse coincided with the full moon nearest the fall equinox, known as the Harvest Moon. And the moon was at its closest approach to Earth for the year, making it also a supermoon or perigee moon. The ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse gets its name from the reddish … Read more

Traffic Jam in the Country

Lots of animal families live on our little corner of the wild kingdom. This family of wild turkeys is the most recent to take up residence. I find them particularly interesting in light of my recent viewing of PBS’ My Life as a Turkey.

When they’re all together, there’s quite a traffic jam as they try to make it from one end of the property to the other. That is until our traffic cops tell them to move it … Read more

Different Perspectives on Fireworks

Fireworks—classic component of the July 4th holiday weekend.  Large crowds gather to watch the night sky turn technicolor. Often spectacular. Always noisy.
Fireworks
If there were any extra-terrestrials flying over, they got their own version of a  fireworks display.
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Both of the above examples unsettle me for different reasons. All you dog people know what’s wrong with the first example. And all you star gazers know what’s wrong with the second example.

These are the only fireworks that get me excited … Read more

Reality Check: How Many Leaves Can You Name?

Perhaps you’ve seen a variation of this floating around the web. For me, this pretty much sums up one of the major ways in which the modern world has lost its balance.

brands vs nature

Is there anyone left in the western world who doesn’t instantly recognize all of the logos? If you want to see how you did with the names of the leaves (okay, I did throw in one trick leaf) click to see the answers.… Read more

One Big Happy Family

White Tail Deer

A white tail deer, half hidden in the tall grass behind our second pond, is munching on an early morning breakfast.

This mama has two kids and they live back behind those trees. They’re part of our wildlife family that shares this land. I’ve gotten to know their schedule and routes through the property as well as I know my own. As I have with the foxes, coyotes, rabbits, herons, geese, ducks, turtles, and sundry other 4-footeds. Even the dogs … Read more

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