THE OUTSIDE STORY

Last June my wife Marie and I encountered a mature wood turtle while walking through a forest near our home. We admired the intricate topography of...

Nature’s special find

12/27/20

If you are out walking on an early winter morning, you might be lucky enough to see some of nature’s most beautiful and ephemeral sights: hair ice...

One night just before Christmas last year, my youngest daughter and I opted to walk the short distance home from dinner at my parents’ house...

Tufted titmice flock to feeders

12/6/20

As winter approaches and snow coats the ground, the tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) will again become a ubiquitous backyard visitor. Familiar...

Rat-a-tat-tat. Showers of acorns hit the ground and tapped our heads as my husband and I hiked the Appalachian Trail. Thousands of acorns strewn...

There’s nothing barren about pine barrens

11/8/20

Pine barrens are certainly piney — but they’re not the least bit barren. They were so named not because they lack life, but because colonists found...

Recently I saw a beautiful orange butterfly speckled with black — a great spangled fritillary — feeding on orange hawkweed in a meadow. I observed...

I grew up on a street lined with tall, stately elms. While walking to school one day, I found a bird’s nest that the wind had blown down. The nest...



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