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Left-Handed Plants And Right-Handed Snails

Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2015 @ 2:31 pm in Critters, Plants | Comments Off on Left-Handed Plants And Right-Handed Snails

For the most part, left-handed people occupy the same status as unemployed brothers-in-law – they’re both insulted and ignored. It isn’t enough that automobiles and most tools and machines are built for the convenience of right-handed people, but even the dictionary perpetuates a variety of negative connotations associated with lefthandedness. The American Heritage Dictionary includes […]

Shades of Gold

Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm in Trees | Comments Off on Shades of Gold

On one of our favorite walks, the slightest breeze brings the sounds of a flowing mountain spring. But thirsty as we may be, we no longer bother looking for moving water. It’s actually the flutter of aspen leaves set trembling by air currents passing by. Depending upon the speed of the air, the sound can […]

It’s An Acorn Tree

Posted: Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 @ 12:42 pm in Trees | 2 Comments »

According to our seven-year-old neighbor, the correct name for an oak is acorn tree. After all, he reasons, if the parent of a peach is a peach tree, of a lemon is a lemon tree, why would the parent of an acorn be called an oak? He has a point. We wouldn’t even attempt to […]

Nature’s Neighborhoods

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015 @ 3:58 pm in Critters, Environment, Plants, Trees | Comments Off on Nature’s Neighborhoods

Where do you look for wildlife? It depends on what you want to see. No one expects to find an alligator in a desert arroyo or a manatee in a mountain lake. But it’s surprising how many don’t notice that even small changes in surroundings can mean major changes in the creatures that live there. […]

Fabulous Fungi

Posted: Friday, September 5th, 2014 @ 10:50 am in Plants | Comments Off on Fabulous Fungi

There are fungus among us; we call them mushrooms. Just what season they arrive depends upon the arrival of the rainy season, but they will pop up just about anywhere, even in the desert. You can imagine our amazement when a botanist held up a sample of a mushroom of the Sonoran desert. It appears […]

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