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Back to School Hike

Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middlefield, CT, was my choice for what has become known as The Back to School Hike. Three years ago I decided to celebrate the first day of school by taking a hike. As soon as Aurora and Stephen’s photos were … Continue reading

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The Explorers Search for Spirals

spi·ral – winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone The Explorers were making spiral after spiral as part of a … Continue reading

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Friday Photo

Rocco leaned down to look at the moss. In a hushed voice he said, “It sparkles.” Then he reached out and touched the stars.

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Seeing Red

My friend Jeanie and I took my son Stephen and his friend Sam for a hike. At the beginning of the hike, I noticed a plant with a red stem growing on the edge of the trail and stopped to … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day!

“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”  — Ansel Adams  

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Skunk Cabbage, it’s here!

I love skunk cabbage. It is one of my favorite signs of spring. As a child, I would carefully navigate the edge of brooks and swamps, making sure not to step on skunk cabbage plants. It was fun to be a bit scared … Continue reading

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Friday Photo

The days are longer, the sun is higher, and the winter stores are almost gone—spring must be near.

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Take it Outside: In search of ice.

Before winter disappears, and it will, take a walk outside and search for ice. Walk near a brook, a swamp, a pond, or if you want big ice, a river. When I was kid, the reward for braving the coldest days … Continue reading

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Friday Photo

  Sparkling columns rise out of the ground and make a musical “crunch” under foot.    

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Merry Christmas William

My son William is spending this Christmas in South Africa with fellow biologist, Vervet monkeys and lots of other wildlife. In the words of Yoda, “Living his dream he is.” William is “a volunteer working for the Inkawu Vervet Project, … Continue reading

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