I Know Why the Old Tree Died.

I had seen the old tree in the employee parking lot of my former job and noted that it wasn’t doing very well but i didn’t think anything of why. It wasn’t my tree. I wasn’t sure what circumstances it had lived through. so i never gave much thought as to why it was struggling …

Sassafras

When i realized i couldnt walk i went to the local eclectic shop in town and bought a handmade walking stick. I named it sassafras after the wood it was carved from. There was a story about the wood and the maker on the little card attached to it. Sassafras helped me to get around …

This Year’s Additional Orb Weavers

Usually i write a separate post for each orb weaver where i detail their differing personalities but honestly this year i havent been home enough to fully appreciate them. Working 7 days a week i barely discover them but admire them in passing…

A Long Way from Home

i found this alien looking creature in the yard. It was very large for an insect and had these menacing looking pinchers on the front of it. After interviewing friends and neighbors i realized it was a male dobson fly. Though it looked menacing the pinchers were actually meant for use during mating and it …

Ailith

I found another orb weaver with a giant web stretched between two trees. This one is located in front of the tool shed right before the orchard. I named her Ailith. Now Tove has a neighbor. I am ecstatic about the existence of both of them! There are two giant ones in May already. This …

Study of a Pollinator in the Wild

I was outside working in the yard when i noticed a bee on a thistle. It was so consumed with its task it didnt seem to notice me, and so i decided to stop and watch its behavior for a while. I mean, how often do we get a glimpse into the daily activities of …

A Battle of Wills with Poison Ivy

Last year i noted that the thing growing in small clusters on the ground and in a thorough manner up one of the four oldest trees on the property was poison ivy. It was about half way up the trunk of the tree and looking very healthy. After much research i mixed up a 3 …