A River Runs Through It
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In flight these little butterflies with 2" wingspans seem dull as household moths.  But let one perch on a sunlight trail and bare an under-wing! 

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Late May has been filled with maple seeds that whirl like tiny helicopters. This Silver Maple sprout -  removed from a mulched Azalea bed - has been replanted. more
Our "Checkerspot" visitor is tiny enough to land on a fingernail.  And at any window box we can encourage similar "pollinators."   more
For turtles there's no needier spot. Sunlight warms them; produces Vitamin D; and, by drying, a shell can exterminate leeches and algae.   more
  This little "lump," suspended by silk, is molding a tiny, orange-winged  butterfly. Adults, known as  "Checkerspots," are common along streams but … more
 Little "Comma" butterflies that hibernate here, are among the first to appear each spring. Orange on top,  their folded wings mimic pieces of bark - with small, silver … more
On a spring walk, especially on a sunny, woodland trail, keep a look-out for one.  These ground beetles, about as long as my thumb nail, are voracious predators of small … more
A Black Vulture (left) and a Turkey Vulture (right) take a break while feeding on a deer carcass. "Turkeys" are old hands in Narrowsburg, , but Black Vultures are moving north and to … more
This "Great Egret" was exploring a Maryland pond on March 28, 2019 - near a busy rural road I was traveling.    Heron-sized, they've been extending their range into … more
A gaudy male and his mate explore a local pond.  Some Wood Ducks, which overwinter as far south as Mexico, will stick around to breed in our own wooded swamps.   more
On a boggy knoll near Milanville each of these Skunk Cabbage plants began producing flowers in mid-March.  The purple hoods are modified leaves that make cavities for petal-less flowers -  … more
After a week of stunning bright clouds, our sun crossed the equator on March 20, at 5:58 p.m. -  for its Vernal Equinox.  Burnished by fresh wind, March clouds at Tyler Hill sail above a … more
“Little Wing,” as Damascus second graders call him, hatched at my place on March 11. His chrysalis, near my thumb, had been “home” for six months. “Little … more
A single monarch migrant reached Baton Rouge LA on February 28. In July, descendants will visit Narrowsburg. The scene was painted from a girlhood memory by my friend Bessie Nickens, at age 90. Her … more
Three females (left) and a male (below right) relax in the Delaware River near Cochecton on 2/21.     This icy gravel bar is popular with Geese and Merganser migrants. The first … more
"Maples in winter have a listening look, Gray branch, gray bole, Still are the bird songs, quiet is the brook, / Awakening will come overnight...               … more
            Sometimes a rural bridge fits so well it seems timeless as the river—as befits our 1902 Milanville bridge, viewed  from a local farm, … more
  “Diadem” is a traditional word for “jeweled crown”—sculpted here by splashing water, Arctic air and hydrogen atoms bonding into points and curlicues.   … more
        “Beauty always grows in wild, untended places. / All you need for harvesting is a seeing heart.” “In Wild Places” by Inez George Gridley   … more
    The tough sheath of this Skunk Cabbage plant holds flowers that will bloom in March to entice early fly species to their pollen. I made the picture on January 21, with the thermometer … more
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