Category Archives: Nature

Thinking of Spiders

I speak a thousand tongues and understand the rest. Fluent in their languages, I communicate with spiders and birds and walruses. I hear grass grow before it breaks the surface of the soil, though the sound competes with the noise of … Continue reading

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Listening and Looking

In the interest of serenity, I am sitting on my screened porch, listening to bird calls and songs. I recognize the sounds, but can connect only a few to the birds making them. I hear a mourning dove, a tufted … Continue reading

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Roadrunner Photos

I was able to get a bunch of shots of a greater roadrunner on our deck and on our driveway this afternoon. Only after looking at these two shots did I realize he had not one but two lizards in … Continue reading

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It does not seem right that Nature should torment us.  It seems unnatural that something of which we are a part should attack us with natural implements. Yet some of us suffer through the onslaught of Spring, itching eyes and nasal congestion. … Continue reading

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An Infusion of Knowledge

Though I didn’t learn a lot about birds during yesterday’s birding workshop (and we didn’t go out bird watching, thanks to the weather), I learned a lot.  So, in lieu of an attempt at writing a creative post, I’ll record here … Continue reading

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For the Birds

In just a short while, we’re heading out to the first of four 2.5-hour birding workshops that we’ll attend over the next four weeks. Initially, I was very interested in it; the workshop purports to introduce participants to birds one can … Continue reading

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Evocative Seafood Stew

My wife made the most fabulous seafood stew for dinner a couple of nights ago. It included chunks of cod, sea scallops, and shrimp in a perfectly spiced tomato base.  As we were having dinner, I commented that the stew brought up … Continue reading

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My wife and her sister and I planned to go on an Audubon Society barge trip yesterday on Lake Ouachita to look for bald eagles. My wife opted to stay home, as she’s been a little under the weather of … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice

The winter solstice will take place today—Sunday, December 21, 2014—at 5:03 p.m. Central Standard Time. During the December Solstice, the Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. The Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches … Continue reading

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A Walking Trail

Yesterday, a long walk along the Cedar Creek Walking Trail turned a beautiful, clear, crisp day into an unforgettable joy.  Walking along the trail, it’s easy to imagine oneself in a primitive forest, miles from civilization.  The only noises are … Continue reading

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Night Sky

The idea was that I’d get up far earlier than usual so I could see the Geminid meteor shower.  I got out of bed around 3:00 a.m. and went outside on the deck.  I looked skyward. I watched. I waited. No … Continue reading

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Life’s a Beach

One day before long, when the weather is a bit warmer and there’s no forecast of rain, I think I’ll head out very early one morning, just before sunrise, to the beach on Lake Balboa (the largest of the lakes … Continue reading

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Such a Very Small Dot in Such a Very Large Place

I am in awe when I look at a clear sky at night, a sky relatively free of light pollution, watching the universe unveil before me.  My recent experience watching the Tim Ernst slide show, “Arkansas Nightscapes,” reminded me to take … Continue reading

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One Friday in Retirement

As I was perusing Tim Ernst’s website this morning, I discovered on this page a photo of what I think was the Roadtrek RV I saw sitting in the Coronado Center parking lot yesterday morning.  I remarked to my sister-in-law that, not … Continue reading

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A Different Vantage Point

Fall has arrived, with indications winter may not be far behind.  The forecast for the next several days calls for much cooler temperatures, with nighttime temperatures falling to just below freezing.  Yesterday, when I captured the image below, was the … Continue reading

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