Tag: Natural history

  • December Snow Meditation

    December Snow Meditation

    Every US state has its own quaint customs. In Massachusetts, the residents complain about the weather, especially the snow. Constantly. Why? According to a legend I just invented, the Mayflower Compact commanded every ship passenger, each of their descendants, and all future inhabitants of the Commonwealth to gripe about the temperature and precipitation at least […]

  • Are Birds Curious About Us?

    Are Birds Curious About Us?

    Are birds as curious about us as we are about them? Because they fascinate us. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that about 1/5 of the US population in 2011 watched birds, spending a combined $40 billion on their hobby. That’s a lot of birdseed and binoculars! But do our feathered friends return […]

  • Wildflowers: Early May

    Wildflowers: Early May

    Last week was a lovely slice of May, filled with beautiful days, birdsong, and wildflowers. (And yes, I’m exempting Mother Nature’s snowy snit over the weekend. The flakes melted as they landed, and our electricity came back on after only an hour or so—I’m willing to overlook it.) Today, I share the photos I took […]

  • Poison Ivy: The Forest Sorcerer (Part 2)

    As I mentioned last week, every part of Poison Ivy is toxic. Still, could there be a tiny spark of good somewhere in its sappy vascular tissue? Does it have ANY useful purpose besides being an amazing way for the town curmudgeon to keep neighbors off their lawn? The answer is, yes, it does. It […]

  • Poison Ivy: The Forest Sorcerer (Part 1)

    The plant in these photos is a particularly villainous sorcerer of the forest. One touch can turn you into an itching, blistered, swollen mess. Like any good enchanter, it hides in plain sight by shape-shifting. And the false tales spread about it? They keep you from recognizing it until it’s far, far too late. Its […]

  • Vampires of the plant world

    At this time of the year, I am desperately searching for ANY sign of spring. Green sprouts thrusting up through the cold soil are a long-awaited sight. But not all leaves flaunt that distinctive color. Most do. I’m sure you learned in science class that the typical plant makes its own food with chlorophyll, which […]

  • The magic of science

    During my job as an environmental consultant, I never researched the supernatural. Yet, I had an odd sense of déjà vu when I opened an encyclopedia about fairies recently. Just like my ecology books, it discussed distribution, habitat, food habits, identification, and other bits of life history. But it also included each fairy’s magical abilities. […]

  • The subnivean zone

    Before the January thaw hit two weeks ago, that trail in the photo above was the bottom of a tunnel in the subnivean zone. Subnivean zone. The name alone conjures an image of a different world. Only a few inches high, this is a habitat where voles and shrews can escape the howling winter wind […]

  • THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE Book Review

    ~Genre: Fantasy and Magic ~Subgenre:  Environment ~Age: 8-12 ~What’s best about it: Mystery, Nature, Magic; Friendship; Science; Hope. Find out more about it: https://www.sarahrbaughman.com/

  • Autumn is much too fast

    A month of autumn photos!