An example of travel contrast

I like traveling because I feel like it gives me perspective…there’s a lot to be learned in comparing different places, cultures, and policies.  And weather!  One thing that is usually a pretty dramatic contrast (especially when you’re traveling to a different hemisphere) is the weather.  For example, I heard someone say one day in Kenya […]

The Fall Almost Nobody Sees, by David Budbill

A poem for a slushy, cold, wet, dreary day. The Fall Almost Nobody Sees Everybody’s gone away. They think there’s nothing left to see. The garish colors’ flashy show is over. Now those of us who stay hunker down in sweet silence, blessed emptiness among red-orange shadblow purple-red blueberry copper-brown beech gold tamarack, a few […]

Heaven-Haven, by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Heaven-Haven I have desired to go Where springs not fail, To fields where flies no sharp and sided hail, And a few lilies blow. And I have asked to be Where no storms come, Where the green swell is in the havens dumb, And out of the swing of the sea.         […]

What’s blooming this week?

I’ve always had an unnatural* obsession with blooming phenology of plants (when they flower during the year).  But this year my obsession is especially bad because keeping track of plant phenology is no longer just a hobby…it’s my job!  Because I need to know when everything is flowering, I am constantly on the look out […]

Spring(?) in the fingerlakes

I just want to point out that the date is March 24.  That is FOUR full days after the spring equinox.  But, before I complain too much, I checked out my photos from last year, and around this time it was snowing in Pennsylvania too.  This may sound weird, but my posts from that time […]

The virtues of a cold winter

I know it’s hard to look on the bright side sometimes when you’ve hit the middle of March and wind chills are still well below 0 F.  I’m not gonna lie…even I am tired of shivering and sick of wearing long johns and cuddling with water heaters (don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!).  My […]