Category Archives: nature

Spring Birds

Suddenly the sun is there on the horizon and the wait is over. Every bird in every tree begins to sing. The earlier chorus was only a preliminary. This is the main event. The birds sing as though it were … Continue reading

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Winter Branches

On overcast winter days, I appreciate the quiet simplicity of the landscape. Soon enough, vibrant color will return and leaves will burst forth from every twig. For now, the underlying structure is revealed, with a beauty of its own. When … Continue reading

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Autumn Evening

As I walked old trails with a young dog last evening, our world was lovely and quiet. Especially so after the previous day’s windstorm, the one that pushed over the screen at the drive-in theater. I sauntered, scanning for spoons … Continue reading

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Late June

“If man is ever going to admit that he belongs to the earth, not the other way round, it probably will be in late June. Then it is that life surpasses man’s affairs with incredible urgency and outreaches him in … Continue reading

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Literate Bugs

I’ve had this welcome sign hanging outside on the house for a little over a year now.  Lately it seems to be attracting some interesting little creatures.  I tried for a little while to identify them, but it proved to … Continue reading

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Knotty Story

This tale from my isolated workshop is actually quite tame compared to Boccaccio’s famous ones from the 14th Century told by a group of friends isolating themselves in an Italian villa; unfortunately timely circumstances. Amid the adjustments to the ever … Continue reading

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The Winter of Our Content

March is here and Spring is around the corner.  But I walked slowly and savored winter this morning.  That corner will get here soon enough. The bright early sun had yet to get the best of the overnight cold, and … Continue reading

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Liking Lichens

What is produced by a free stroke charms us, like the forms of lichens and leaves. There is a certain perfection in accidents which we never consciously attain. — Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers … Continue reading

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Three Spoons in November

Seeing this photo with the summer sun warming the flowers beside the fence makes me, on this frosty November morning, think about the changing of the seasons. The sun this morning casts longer shadows onto the lawn strewn with golden … Continue reading

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The Gladness of the River

It avails not, neither time or place—distance avails not, I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence, I project myself, also I return—I am with you, and know how it is. … Continue reading

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