Well, there goes another month. November is flying out the same way it flew in–quickly. The door is opened to December and time shows no signs of stopping. Which, I’ll happily point out, is a good thing! Although some slowing might be nice. Here in the US we are bracing for another wave of Covid19. … More Nesting
BOO!Did I scare you? If I didn’t, I bet these Ghost Pipes just might. Also known as Corpse Plant, Monotropa uniflora is always a treat to find. I usually spot a few when walking through Umstead State Park. But this year, large colonies of these fascinating flowers were growing under a maple tree in my … More Ghost Pipes (Happy Halloween! 👻)
We are living in strange times. What used to be up, feels down. What was once down, feels up. Days go by as we wonder which day of the week we are moving through. How did we ever keep up with our lives before this? And why did things like labels, dates, and times really … More Hope
Today is a quiet day. I’m working on an article that’s really important to me. I thought I had more time until deadline, but turns out I don’t. I think the Buddha said something like: The problem is, you think you have more time. Oh yeah; I can relate. Many of us can, in many … More Time, Time, Time: Quiet Walkabout
Yesterday morning I woke up to a winter wonderland. This morning, I watched as more snow came down. In between, we also saw some sleet, rain, and freezing rain. Welcome to North Carolina. I’m not a big fan of wintry precipitation. But I do believe fresh-fallen snow is just about one of the most magical … More View From the Back Door
Hi there, it’s been a while. I feel like my blog posts get fewer and further between. I don’t like that! I enjoy blogging, sharing my little part of the world. I also enjoy reading blogs. Luckily, I have been mostly keeping up with that. I don’t like to speed through the blogs I follow, … More Mushrooms, Deadlines, and Other Facts of Life
“Our place is part of what we are.” Gary Snyder I’m reading ‘The Practice of the Wild’ by Gary Snyder. It’s been on my list for some years now, and in my very large TBR (and ever-growing) stack. His words are making me think about our landscapes and how they help shape the narratives of … More A Sense of Place
It’s a busy time of year for everyone: spring gardening, spring cleaning, graduations, end-of-year award ceremonies, holiday travel, and a whole lot of other happenings. My photo of article in Midtown magazine. Photo of bee on flower by Matt Williams. I’ve been busy working on several upcoming article assignments, and that’s the reason for my … More All The Buzz About Bees
Wibble Wobble Wibble Wobble Wordless Wednesday… Almost Wordless. You can hear my husband talking in the background. He says, “You go on, buddy. Not today.” We had just thwarted the menacing plans of a large Red-tailed Hawk looming overhead.
It’s Spring here in North Carolina! One of my favorite plants, the peony, is coming into bloom. (You do remember that my favorite plant is like my favorite child, right? It’s always the one that’s standing right in front of me at the time I’m asked 🙂) All peonies are beautiful regardless of species or … More In the Garden: Peonies and Ants
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