Autumn Black Locust

  Black locusts are weedy trees, but they’re also very beautiful.  I like their flowers in the summer and their golden leaves in the autumn. All the trees here are bare now, except the few oaks who cling to their brown leaves for most of the winter. Here’s a bit of colour to enjoy on […]

Autumn Song, by Daniel Mark Epstein

There have been a number of great poems written about this month. Autumn Song Little flower, you live in constant danger: Likely to be crushed under foot or torn by wind, Sun-scorched or gobbled by a goat. These October days streaked with regrets and tears Are like you, brindled flower, as they bloom And fade, […]

Take a hike! (with me?) The Golden Eagle trail 2016

I’ve mentioned the Golden Eagle trail before, but gosh I love it.  It has to be one of the prettiest day hikes in PA, and at over nine miles and two major climbs it’s a pretty challenging one too.  Feeling the onset of existential dread, I took myself for a rigorous hike in a beautiful […]

Harbingers of spring?

I get into a lot of arguments with my best friend’s mother, but the biggest bone of (hopefully good natured*)contention between us revolves around the migration patterns of robins. She, like many other people in eastern North America, considers the arrival of robins to be a sign that spring has sprung. The point I take […]

Spring is springing

This past week was unseasonably warm…which maybe should have been alarming, but it was hard not to enjoy the sunny, bright days. I wanted to see which spring ephemerals were blooming early, and which are still waiting for the days to get longer. The answer was that a lot of ornamental species started blooming as […]