A Myopic Treehopper

Yesterday, in the field, a treehopper landed on the inside of my glasses. Treehoppers are members of the Hemipteran (true bug) family Membracidae.  They are close relatives of the leafhoppers that fly up in thousands when you walk through the grass. Our treehoppers may not be as exciting as the tropical ones, but they can […]

Amateur’s guide to the trees of Northeastern North America

When my sister and I had both just moved to the northeastern United States a few years ago, she requested a guide to the unfamiliar trees around her.  So I drew her this *extremely* goofy guide and although the artwork is pretty terrible, I thought someone on the internet might also enjoy it.  Keep in […]

Quotes from Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

We all owe death a life.   Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.   What had been (at the beginning) no bigger than a full stop had expanded into a comma, a word, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter; now it was bursting into more complex developments, becoming, one might […]

Hey punk!

This is the fence that I must climb over (one-handed) with my sampling gear every day to get to my field site.  It is guarded by a growing nest of angry paper wasps. Don’t come in here! They are surprisingly timid; although (inevitably) I have been stung, they seem to prefer darting at me and […]

The Sycamore on Balance, by Katy Didden

The Sycamore on Balance A symmetry of forces, yes, but not of shape. The roots: a mess of curves. Like slow snakes they incorporate rocks. The tree’s full weight press- ing down, the trunk arrows skyward. For humans, centering’s awkward. You lack longevity, can’t fight gravity, grow heavy. What wayward cantilevering keeps you calm? When […]