Panama Rocks by Tom Erlandson

Panama Rocks by Tom Erlandson

  During most of my youth, when I was growing up on the south side of Jamestown, my family did not have a car. Our transportation was by bus, bicycle, or on foot, which Dad called “shank’s mare.” So it was a special occasion when, one summer day at age nine, I...
Snakes by Adam Carlson

Snakes by Adam Carlson

We have all been there before, walking in a garden or along a pond edge, when all of a sudden a snake slithers out onto the path. Snakes, especially bigger ones, can look intimidating. Around here, though, almost all the snakes are totally harmless to humans. The two...
Birding Thoughts by Ruth Lundin

Birding Thoughts by Ruth Lundin

It was a perfect spring day, with sparkling sunlight and a hint of a breeze. I was out in the woods, binoculars in hand, watching birds on a count day. There are several times a year when birding organizations ask volunteers to take to the fields, waters and woods and...
I Love Gardens by Jennifer Schlick

I Love Gardens by Jennifer Schlick

I love gardens. Formal gardens. Wild gardens. Flower gardens. Vegetable gardens. Elaborate gardens. Simple gardens. Monochromatic or colorful. Cozy or sprawling. Sunny or shady. Each with its own personality, each with its own effect on my senses and my psyche. Sadly,...
On Purple by Sarah Hatfield

On Purple by Sarah Hatfield

I always wanted to make a nature crayon series. The array of hues that color our world is inspiring and perhaps infinite. Often we don’t realize that, or even teach it. I hear myself saying as I teach kids “What colors can you see in that?” and their answers are red,...