Some spring bees in Dublin

The weather this spring has been incredibly wet and cool, so I haven’t seen too many bees, but I did catch these photos in between bouts of rain. I love the hellebores, but it is so tough to photograph bees visiting these flowers…first, you have to photograph them basically upside down, and then the light […]

Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow, by Robert Duncan

Currently up to my armpits in mud (ah field work in freezing spring rains), and desperately trying to be clean enough to interact with normal humans, so here’s a poem for now. Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow as if it were a scene made-up by the mind, that is not mine, […]

Instructions on Not Giving Up, by Ada Limón

Yes, this! We all need to hear this some days… Instructions on Not Giving Up More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees that […]

An egg-ceptionally difficult photo

I’m gonna have a post just for this one photo…because it was one of the most difficult photos I’ve ever taken! Not that this is a spectacular photo, but I had to first climb 50ft into a sugar maple, then drop down on a rope between a fork in two branches, tie myself in with […]

Scenes from the Birding Cup, 2016

The Birding Cup is a birding competition in which teams try to see as many species of birds as possible within a 24 hour period. Our team (the noble Timberdoodles) has always competed in the birding boot, which means no mechanized transport. I’ve posted about a couple of past birding cups (here and here oh […]