Spindrift

The Beaufort Wind Scale was first developed in 1805 by  Sir Francis Beaufort, of the U.K. Royal Navy. It describes a Force 8 gale as Moderately high (18-25 ft) waves of greater length, edges of crests begin to break into spindrift, foam blown in streaks. Dutch Boats in a Gale ('The Bridgewater Sea Piece') by Joseph... Continue Reading →

Facing a Tiger

Tiger beetles can be a real pain in the knees (and elbows) to photograph. They are predators, a hunter on scrublands, beaches and other sandy open spaces. Photographically they are a challenge because they are relatively small (averaging about 15mm), often well camouflaged, fast as blazes and highly attuned to movement.

Gardens Matter

Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.

Wandering: then and now.

For the first time at this school, an English assignment excited me. I chose the heroic narrative style: epic poetry. For the project's examples, I chose The Song of Eärendil, (a mini-epic contained within the Lord of the Rings) and passages of translations from Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, The Song of Roland, and Beowulf.

Garden Beginnings

I planned the backyard first. The space was to include a maximum of trees, shrubs and perennials and a minimum of lawn. A pond was essential, as well as more compost bins, rain reservoirs and an area for growing vegetables.

Looking Back: A Pileated Woodpecker

The Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, ("tree-chopper, capped") is a fairly common bird throughout its range, which stretches from eastern North America through Canada to the west coast. It requires habitat with large mature trees, which provide its primary food source as well as roosting and nesting sites. I spotted this one last week (1 February,... Continue Reading →

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