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 […]

Nest box battles! Bluebird edition

I wrote a post about nest box battles with tree swallows last year and this year I had the opportunity to see a similar nest box battle, but this time between tree swallows and a bluebird.  I love tree swallows but I was secretly rooting for the bluebird because she already had eggs in the […]