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Walktober 2017 – Hawley Bog

I’m joining Robin at Breezes at Dawn for her annual Walktober meme. Anyone who wants to share a seasonal walk is encouraged to join posting by Oct. 28. Click the link for details and watch for the round-up post at the … Continue reading

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World Turtle Day

May 23 was World Turtle Day.  “This is a busy time of year for many turtles who are traveling to lay eggs. Be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads and, if you can do so safely, lend them a … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day

Honor Our Mother Earth

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Laundry, Earth Day and Meditation

All my life, I’ve hung my laundry to dry on a clothesline when the temperature is 40F (4C) or higher. To some, it’s rather quaint and old-fashioned, but to me there is something reassuringly domestic about seeing clothes hung on … Continue reading

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Bobcat

My neighbor called today to let me know that our resident bear has returned from hibernation, larger than ever, visiting their compost pile and bird feeders last night. As they usually get the first visit, it’s nice of them to … Continue reading

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Eastern Wild Turkeys

About two dozen Eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) strolled through the yard today scouring the ground for tidbits. Omnivorous, they especially favor acorns, other tree nuts, seeds, berries and insects. Although we’ve had freezing rain all day and the lighting was … Continue reading

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Weeds

American goldfinches (and lots of birds) love all sorts of seeds! Consider leaving seed heads for the birds to forage. Coneflower (Echinacea), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Sunflower (Helianthus), Ox Eye Sunflower (Heliopsis), Thistle (Circium, Caduus) and Cosmos are just a few favored … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods

A walk in the woods yields all sorts of surprises. Despite the liberal application of bug spray, we were relentlessly pursued by mosquitoes as we walked the woodland trail of Graves Farm in Williamsburg, MA. Originally a family dairy farm for over … Continue reading

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It’s Official

It’s official – I came across the first goldenrod bloom of the year in my spearmint bed on Saturday. In the past, this flower used to fill me with dismay because it signaled the change from waxing to waning summer, … 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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