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Fat, Fur, And Feathers

Posted: Sunday, January 8th, 2017 @ 11:49 am in Critters, Plants, Weather | 1 Comment »

When the weather turns so frightfully cold that we don parkas and boots before venturing outside, how do plants and animals survive? They can’t add layers of clothing. They can’t toast their tootsies before a fire. They’ve never even heard of hot chocolate. Scientists focus on two coldweather survival strategies that are used by living organisms, […]

Searching for Spring

Posted: Thursday, March 24th, 2016 @ 7:59 pm in Plants | Comments Off on Searching for Spring

Two thirds of the way through March is the beginning of the season we call spring. Often those in the colder parts of the country celebrate with snow shovels, digging out from a late winter storm. [Originally written in 2009] Headlines such as last year’s are not unusual: March 21, 2008 – EARLY SPRING SNOWSTORM […]

A Rose By Any Other Name

Posted: Saturday, December 12th, 2015 @ 4:51 pm in Flowers | Comments Off on A Rose By Any Other Name

In our many years of travel we’ve always enjoyed foraging for wild foods – often native plants but sometimes escapees from civilization just like us.  In order to safely eat some of the items that others would consider just part of the scenery we’ve had to give ourselves a crash course in botany, learning to […]

Finding Frost Flowers

Posted: Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 @ 12:57 pm in Plants | Comments Off on Finding Frost Flowers

We intentionally schedule many of our activities to the rapidly passing dates of the calendar. Early spring is for chasing birds, but it soon competes with photographing wildflowers. Early summer and we head for the beach (or the shore if we’re in the east.) Early fall finds us marveling at the changing colors, watching as […]

Nature By The Numbers

Posted: Sunday, November 1st, 2015 @ 6:55 pm in Others, Plants | Comments Off on Nature By The Numbers

As a child, did you play counting games as you plucked the petals off a flower? One – she loves me, two – she loves me not. Did you know that the probabilities are high that you’ll end on an odd number? In fact, if I can identify the plant, I can almost guarantee the […]

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