To all those interested in the natural world. Please add your sightings.

In the woods we return to reason and faith-Emerson


Sunday, February 23, 2014


Snow Fleas are swarming atop the snow. Normally found in the leaf litter, snow fleas are active on warm winter days and, in early spring, when they mate. They look like dark, animated pepper specks.
Along the West River, Stoneflies are starting to emerge. Aquatic for most of their lives, stoneflies crawl out of the water, molt and live long enough to mate. Most do not eat as adults. They are very poor fliers and can be seen crawling atop the snow.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Patterns in Nature

The trees never stop providing beauty.  What could this be?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow Buntings

I have tried and tried to sneak up on these 10 snow buntings who have been visiting my backyard. You'll just have to take my word for it!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

expect the unexpected

We know everything wonderful grows in Dummerston, but I didn't expect this to be growing from sphagnum moss.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

new snow

The slate has been cleared with the new wonderful snow.  Almost cleared.  Here are some old tracks with my foot in the foreground.  The tracks line up perfectly.  This gray squirrel was the last to move after the snow began.