Favorite Indiana Field Guides

It comes in very handy to have field guides written specifically for your state or geographic area. It saves many minutes thumbing through books bypassing entries that will never be seen in your area. Here are some of my favorite field guides for Indiana: Indiana Wildflowers by Kay Yatskievych — this is a very thorough […]


“If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.” — Elizabeth von Arnim, The Enchanted April

Dancing with Bees

Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature by Brigit Strawbridge Howard tells the story of one woman and her discovery of the large and fascinating world of bees. There are 20,000 species of bees in the world, only a handful being honeybees. Each species has its own size and shape, it’s feeding habits, its […]


“The goal of nature journaling is not to create a portfolio of pretty pictures but to develop a tool to help you see, wonder, and remember your experiences. You can learn to do this. You do not need to be an artist or a naturalist. These are skills you will develop as you go. The […]


“Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts: the sight of the deep-blue sky and the clustering stars above seem to impart a quiet to the mind.” — Jonathan Edwards


“Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope.” — Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo


“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course, it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” — Jenny Uglow

Nature Exploration: Kayaking at Eagle Creek

I set off on a solo kayak adventure yesterday to spend a few hours at my favorite paddling destination: a little point on Eagle Creek where I can sit immersed in nature undisturbed for hours on end. The amount of stress this kind of outing relieves is worth all the difficulty of finding space in […]

Ode to a Seedhead

Oh beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace seedpod! Each little flower in your intricate doily becomes a fuzzy football-shaped and colored seed. And each little grouping of seeds sprouting from green fingers folds in on itself as if to create a secret bed for an autumn fairy. You once looked so light and heavenly, now you appear […]


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou