Cowan’s Gap State Park

This is a hike I did in October, when the leaves were spectacular colours.  Cowan’s Gap is a gorgeous little state park in southern Pennsylvania.  It’s the kind of park that you feel nostalgic about immediately after leaving.  Its history dates back to the French and Indian War, but it was clear cut a few […]

My November Guest, by Robert Frost

My November Guest My Sorrow, when she’s here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane. Her pleasure will not let me stay. She talks and I am fain to list: She’s glad the birds […]

Some Victorian birds

Yesterday, after I posted the photos from my aunt’s bird calendar, I realized that I had completely forgotten about all my Australian bird photos, none of which were included in her calendar!  Then I was looking through my old posts, and I couldn’t even find a group of bird photos I took in Victoria.  Sorry […]

Birds for the bird calendar

I made a bird calendar for my bird-loving aunt for this Christmas…I went through all my bird photos and these are the ones I selected for the calendar.  Obviously, this is more than 12 photos, because for low resolution photos, I put more than one in a single month. (That makes the photos smaller in […]

There’s finally proof that bees like thistles!

A scientific article came out recently with evidence that bees like thistles!  (Of course we already knew this…) Here’s a link to the article, which came out recently in the journal Diversity and Distributions. The main point of the article is that these noxious invasive thistles provide important floral resources for bees precisely because […]

Roosevelt Dam and Bridge

This is the third part of my three part post on Lake Roosevelt in Arizona, which is apparently pretty unpopular in the middle of August when the temperatures are well over 100 F (38 C). The dam was constructed in the early 1900s as part of the Newlands Reclamation Act, designed both for hydroelectric power […]

Lake Roosevelt in the day

I just told the story of my adventure camping at Lake Roosevelt, which despite containing over 200 pristine campsites, was a total ghost town when we arrived.  The next day, in the bright harsh light of the desert sun, it didn’t seem quite as eerie, although there was still something haunting about the abandoned pavilions.  […]