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Blue jays are remarkable creatures

Sunday, November 1, 2015

As the glorious oranges, yellows and reds of October foliage fade into more the subdued bronzes and caramels of November, there is one color that is still brilliant in autumn branches – the flash of blue from the boisterous blue jay. These common birds are often maligned and accused of raiding other birds’ nests, hogging birdseed at feeders or just …

Take Me Outside: Signs of summer’s unavoidable end

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I love the palette of wildflowers that decorate the landscape and mark the stages of summer. In June the roadsides were blanketed with daisies and lupines. July brought the vibrant red, orange and yellow hues of beebalm and lilies. But August is when Queen Anne’s lace and goldenrod take over. I enjoy these flowers, but also greet them with a bit of melancholy, …

Take Me Outside: Spiders are amazing creatures

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What group of animals includes individuals who can walk on water, change their appearance, carry young on their back and recycle their home? Examples of these creatures can be found in your yard, or even your house. They are amazing . . . spiders. Before you skip to another article thinking you don’t like spiders, read on. You may discover that spiders are …