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Aerial Christmas Tree?

One of the venerable old white pine trees, growing in Shoup Park just beside the severe weather warning siren, seems to be bearing a very nice, round Christmas tree about halfway up. See it? It’s as compact as a sheared nursery-grown

Christmas tree1

Aerial Christmas Tree?

One of the venerable old white pine trees, growing in Shoup Park just beside the severe weather warning siren, seems to be bearing a very nice, round Christmas tree about halfway up. See it? It’s as compact as a sheared nursery-grown

spiderwort with sweat bee

Sweat Bee on the Spiderwort

It’s a cool day in mid-October, but the staunchest of the pollinators are still at it. Here’s a sweat bee, hard at work gathering pollen from a spiderwort blooming beside the sidewalk. The spiderwort is a reliable bloomer, hence a good

spiderwort with sweat bee

Sweat Bee on the Spiderwort

It’s a cool day in mid-October, but the staunchest of the pollinators are still at it. Here’s a sweat bee, hard at work gathering pollen from a spiderwort blooming beside the sidewalk. The spiderwort is a reliable bloomer, hence a good

farewell summer

Farewell Summer

In our love-hate relationship with autumn (love the fall color; hate the end of the tomato season; love the clear days and the coming of sweater weather; hate to think how cold it really might get) this little plant definitely comes

farewell summer

Farewell Summer

In our love-hate relationship with autumn (love the fall color; hate the end of the tomato season; love the clear days and the coming of sweater weather; hate to think how cold it really might get) this little plant definitely comes

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I spy …

. . .  a turtle! See it? Under those wet leaves. The white flowers. Oh, did I say “turtle”? I meant “turtlehead,” a neat native plant that is blooming around reservoirs and in wetland areas around the Domain. This is

turtlehead1

I spy …

. . .  a turtle! See it? Under those wet leaves. The white flowers. Oh, did I say “turtle”? I meant “turtlehead,” a neat native plant that is blooming around reservoirs and in wetland areas around the Domain. This is

acorns

Mast year?

If the level of white oak acorn bombardment is any clue, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Mast refers to the fruits and acorns of the forest. Some years, the plants produce more mast than usual. The assumed strategy behind these seemingly

acorns

Mast year?

If the level of white oak acorn bombardment is any clue, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Mast refers to the fruits and acorns of the forest. Some years, the plants produce more mast than usual. The assumed strategy behind these seemingly

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SAS Day of the Book

Wonderful morning! It  began with students at St. Andrews-Sewanee School being treated to a presentation by SAS alum, award-winning author Max Gladstone. Then they broke into groups of 15 or so to participate in workshops led by various writers. I led a

nature journal4

SAS Day of the Book

Wonderful morning! It  began with students at St. Andrews-Sewanee School being treated to a presentation by SAS alum, award-winning author Max Gladstone. Then they broke into groups of 15 or so to participate in workshops led by various writers. I led a