I caught just a glimpse of her, skipping boldly through the field on the long, striped wings I have waited for.
Coneflower in garden
But today, I cannot find her, though at every other flower and stem, wings lay open, hungry mouths feed.
Skipper feeding at teasel
Little Wood-Satyr on goldenrod stem
I hope she will remember me, the Paw-Paws planted, just as she likes them, in the shaded grove.
Three small trees.
Paw paws planted
Zebra Swallowtail, Eurytides marcellus
Just as Monarchs go with milkweed, so, too, do Zebra Swallowtails and the Paw-Paw tree. As wooded areas are cleared, this native understory tree is often lost. In April, hoping to attract Zebra Swallowtail butterflies, I planted 3 small trees.
Winning image for the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp competition!
The 2012 OWLStamp will be available for sale March 1, 2012 through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website and nature organizations across the state. Proceeds of the OWLStamp benefit wildlife conservation, research & education projects within the state of Ohio! I'm thrilled to have provided the winning image for such a wonderful program!
The Adventures of Red Canoe
Come along in Red Canoe as she explores the quiet backwater of Ohio's State Parks and the scenic streams and rivers of the Midwest. Discover the beauty hidden beyond the water's edge, quietly waiting, past access points, often only inches deep!
Grabbing every minute I can find to be outside--walking in it, sleeping in it ... breathing it in. The natural world has so much beauty to uncover.
It is my hope that by capturing my experiences with nature and by sharing the richness it adds to an ordinary life, others may discover the greatest gift waiting just outside their door.
A regularly appearing feature, "Have you seen..." takes a closer, more patient look at things usually not seen in a flattering light.Take a look!
The Sweetness of Spring
Each spring, as winter lessens its grip and days warm with the first fragrant breezes of a new season, we collect sap from our Sugar Maples and produce just enough syrup for ourselves for the coming year. The progress of this year's backyard endeavor is illustrated here.
A Bird's Life
Summer 2008, the tiny jewel of the avian world, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, nested just feet from my front door. Pictures of her nest and the changing lives within are collected in thisjournal.From life the size of a pea....