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 […]


“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


“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

Nature Conversations on the School Commute

Our school commute often turns into a nature conversation. We discuss the weather, the stage of the crop growth, the red-tailed hawks or eagles we see, and anything else we catch a glimpse of out the windows of the van. The other day I mentioned that mourning doves reminded me of fluffy elderly women who […]


“Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature Walk: Late July at Eagle Creek

I made it out to Eagle Creek for a nature walk on Saturday. The weather was gorgeous, if just a little on the hot side. But just look at those clouds! My favorite discovery of the day were the bushes of Swamp Rose Mallow in bloom by the reservoir — their pink color went so […]