Monthly Archives: June 2014

Old Barns

There is an aura of stoic sagacity around old barns. As I mentioned in my previous post, many family farms in my area are no longer operating and their weathered outbuildings are left to decline. These two are still standing, … Continue reading

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Acres of Sky

Acres of Sky One of the few places in my town where there are still open fields. Many farms from my childhood no longer operate and have returned to forest. This one is a real treat as the view from … Continue reading

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Morning Has Broken

The light of dawn touching the trees in my back yard. Happy Summer Solstice!   Morning has broken, like the first morning Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird Praise for the singing, praise for the morning Praise for the … Continue reading

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Columbine ‘Nora Barlow’

Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Nora Barlow’ This old-fashioned double columbine, sometimes called Granny’s Bonnet, is a great self-sower and over time will create small colonies. Beautiful and graceful, I have mine with variegated hosta, barrenwort (Epimedium rubra) and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) in a … Continue reading

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Wood Turtle

I was surprised to come across our resident Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) today sunning herself on the bedrock outcropping on our small river. Listed as species of special concern in Massachusetts, I usually see this one at least once a year, generally … Continue reading

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Spring Green

Our waterfall dressed in Spring Green. Isn’t she lovely? Escaping into Nature is good for us. The sound of falling water tumbling over stones and the color green have been proven stress-reducers. I feel so blessed this view is just … Continue reading

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus) Delightfully, I’ve been seeing lots of Tiger Swallowtails lately! Here in New England, Tiger Swallowtails are one of our largest and most beautiful butterflies. There are abundant sources of food for both larva and adults, so this … Continue reading

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Bird Families

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology‘s All About Birds webcams are a fascinating way to get up close and personal views into the lives of amazing raptors. The Hellgate Osprey nest in Missoula, Montana shows a lot of human activity in the … Continue reading

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First Aid for Bees – Please Read

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:
As you may already know, Bees crucial to many crops are still dying at a worrisome rate: Over the past few years, bee populations have been dying at a rate the U.S. government says is…

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Locally Grown and Gorgeous

The locally grown garden plant movement is a return to the way things used to be before big box stores started muscling in on local growers. Using economy of scale, large volume discounts, they out-priced local competition, causing many to … Continue reading

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