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Archive for July, 2016

Busy Bees

Posted: Sunday, July 31st, 2016 @ 7:41 am in Bugs | Comments Off on Busy Bees

Hot biscuits wouldn’t be nearly as tasty without a liberal layer of honey, and this is the time of year when the local bees get back to work creating more of that magical syrup. After breakfast this morning we did a quick calculation. We just ate the equivalent of the lifetime production of several dozen […]

A Flash of Green

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2016 @ 11:12 am in Sky | Comments Off on A Flash of Green

Jules Verne, among others, wrote about the “green flash,” but the first time we read about it, we concluded that it seemed about as likely as traveling 20,000 leagues under the sea. It was called “an intense spark of colored light visible at sunrise or sunset” – sure, with Nessie rising to greet it, no […]

Chipmunk Chatter

Posted: Monday, July 11th, 2016 @ 7:34 am in Mammals | Comments Off on Chipmunk Chatter

Chock, chock, chock, chock …. A metronomelike chirp resounded through the forest in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. The sound was so similar to a bird call that it puzzled us at first. What is it, we wondered. Doesn’t it ever shut up? For several minutes we peered into the gloom, watching and shifting position until we […]

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