Category Archives: Nature

So cute!

Now look who is coming for meals in my garden–sigh! Fortunately they aren’t eating the “deer resistant” plants I’ve been planting this year, at least not yet.  The bunny is happy with all the clover in the front lawn. The … Continue reading

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Irises and Cicadas

Oh, my, we spent the morning, despite the in-and-out-rain at the Presby Iris Garden, Montclair, NJ–gorgeous!!!! Although it’s named in honor of a man, a woman–Barbara Walther–was the driving force in establishing the spectacular iris garden. Born in Chicago in … Continue reading

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Deer before Sandy

Yesterday–the day before Sandy was due to hit our area, I filled the bird feeders.  Lots of birds there this morning– Cardinals, Blue Jays, a Downy Woodpecker, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Nuthatches . . . then at 2:30pm I looked out … Continue reading

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Celebrating with Wild Turkeys

We’re just back from a Thanksgiving Day hike in a nature sanctuary at the top of the majestic Palisades on the bank of the Hudson River. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Barnegat Bay: Goldenrod, Monarchs, and a Cloudless Sulphur

The Seaside Goldenrod is in bloom and the Monarch butterflies are migrating at the Jersey Shore. (I count nine in this photo.) Last weekend kayaking on Barnegat Bay, I spotted a Great Blue Heron, a Dunlin, Double-Crested Cormorants, Monarchs and … Continue reading

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From a Bear to an Oystercatcher

I was transfixed by an array of zinnias in a formal garden at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden (yes, there is such a place in Ringwood State Forest located in the relatively unpopulated northwest part of the state) when … Continue reading

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Road trip and manuscript update

We’re back from our road trip from Denver, Colorado, (where I was born many years ago) to Yellowstone. We left NJ with the trees in full leaf, which is why we were surprised to find a snow/ice scraper in the … Continue reading

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Yellowwood

There’s a wonderful path along the Hudson River that runs about a mile between the Englewood Boat Basin and Ross Dock Park, which in just north of the George Washington Bridge. Yesterday when Linda & I were walking there, we … Continue reading

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What a storm

What a wind & rain storm! Huge trees uprooted all over our town & surrounding area. We were without power for 36 hours, at least. On Friday, the night before it hit, we had Sophie and Linda’s 18-month old granddaughter … Continue reading

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Snowing

Tonight I called Sophie to compare notes on the snowstorm & she asked if I had “done the thing with the cardboard,” i.e., try to see a snow crystal (there’s an earlier post about that). I had tried earlier but … Continue reading

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