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Nature journal entries summer 2020

June 22, 2020: So far no Monarch butterflies have been spotted in our home gardens. Plenty of cabbage whites, a few painted ladies a couple weeks back, and a tiger swallowtail. Very wet spring, especially June, but now it’s turning … Continue reading

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Advice for nature-watchers

Advice for nature-watchers (with notes for butterfly enthusiasts):                 The most important thing about venturing out is being patient and observant. Rushing is almost always counterproductive. The main idea is to connect with … Continue reading

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Ladybug Hill

I awoke one September day with autumn in my blood.  The academic year had just begun with its comfortable, addictive commotion –anxious, hormonally charged faces, the smell of new books, the ring of cash registers, and the chatter of new … Continue reading

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The naturalist mind

Many people trudge through life and miss a great deal of wonder and satisfaction that is right at their fingertips. As Proust observed, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Nature … Continue reading

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