|Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)|
Friday, March 29, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Barnes Creek, Canandaigua, New York
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses
put in order."
John Burroughs, (American Essayist and Naturalist, 1837-1921)
If you are like me in that you retreat to Nature for solace and healing, you will want to read these articles: Find Therapeutic Healing in 'Forest Bathing' and Forest Bathing for more information about Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing which is a Japanese tradition of therapeutic walks in the forest. Now you have a name and some supporting science for what you already knew to be true!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
|Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)|
(photo by Dori, Wikimedia Commons)
Over this past weekend I saw my first turkey vultures of the season plus my pussy willow tree is also getting large and fuzzy catkins. I'll have to go out hiking to look for other pussy willows (Salix spp.), skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), and coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) to get a better guess as to how close spring is.
Either way, I had better finish my garden planning for the upcoming season - it will be here soon!
Update: Shortly after publishing this article, I happened to spy another one of my key spring signs. A Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) was visiting my place and looking to lay his claim again to my yard. These highly territorial and migratory birds are warm weather only visitors at my house. All summer long I get to hear their bird "Top 40" - as I call their repertoire of copied bird song. Many times the male mockingbirds have they fooled visitors to my house thinking I have resident bluebirds. No bluebirds here but their copied song by proxy!
Monday, March 4, 2013
Think you know what it is? Check the ANSWER to see if you are right!
|A Detail of the Seed Head|
|Entire Plant (Click to see larger image)|