- Dawn light in hummingbird wings; wing-beat sounds slowed one hundred times. wp.me/pKjPz-2oy 2 days ago
- "I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet...enormous privilege and adventure." nyti.ms/1AVTP3H 4 days ago
- RT @nytimes: The NYT obituary for Oliver Sacks, a neurologist who wrote about his patients’ struggles in ways that humanized them http://t.… 4 days ago
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From the dawn-light series (see also silk and moth wings)… There is a moment in the early morning when the sun catpaws through the forest’s tangled blankets, illuminating my hummingbird feeder. The touch is gentle. The claws of midday are … Continue reading
This is the year of the timber rattlesnake on the Southern Cumberland Plateau. I’ve seen and heard of more in the last five months than I have in the last twenty years combined. They’re sleeping in gardens, gliding across porches, … Continue reading
A big day in Sewanee: fall classes started at the University of the South. Being back with the students feels great. Their energy and insight is inspiring. It’s a great honor to spend time with them as we travel the … Continue reading
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Morning light flows through another arthropod: the luna moth, showing the spring-leaf green of her wings. The brown leading edge is a great match for the viburnum twig on which she rests. This species belongs to a larger grouping, the … Continue reading
A fuss of blue jays and robins. Look up: Some clues: unhappy songbirds a tail that extends beyond the wing tips, but not too far stout chest Red-shouldered hawk. Not a Cooper’s Hawk? The tail is too short and the … Continue reading
From Keats’ Lamia: …and, for the sage, Let spear-grass and the spiteful thistle wage War on his temples. Do not all charms fly At the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: We know … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I saw a fox saunter through the woods, then slip into a hole that, judging from the earth piled at its entrance is at least several feet deep. I set up a camera to see what … Continue reading
Ghost plant, Monotropa uniflora, is now flowering in shaded woodlands. The species is also known as Indian pipe or corpse plant. Each stem is about finger-high and has a nodding flower at its tip. The plant’s pallor tells the story … Continue reading