2022, 07 July

The Little Jewel in Our Yard

The Little Jewel in Our Yard

Juvenile Rufous Hummingbird. Photo © Mikaela Innes. A sharp peep sounded in my ears. What was that? I wondered, as I hurried into the kitchen to investigate.At the kitchen window, my two younger...

Covers, July 2022

Covers, July 2022

Green and black poison dart frog. Photo © Dreamstime.com. Photo © Randy Bottcher

Dusty, Milky—Beautiful

Dusty, Milky—Beautiful

Milky Way over Matterhorn. Photo © iStock. Our home galaxy is called the Milky Way because people have long had the idea that it looks like spilled milk drifting across the sky. It’s believed the...

In Our Skies, July 2022: Planets

In Our Skies, July 2022: Planets

Moon. Photo © Shaphan Shank. This month, nearly all the bright planets are strung across the early morning sky. Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all easy to find, thanks to their brilliance....

The Big Catch

The Big Catch

Great Blue Heron eating Northern Pike. Photo © Lelund Shaum. The morning was beautiful as Mr. Heron made his merry way to the swamp called “Shining Waters.” He was hoping to satisfy his growling...

Wildflower Arranging

Wildflower Arranging

Fireweed in Rocky Mountains. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. The scenarios are endless. A slope covered with goldenrod and daisies…the first autumn olives opening…a dogwood in full bloom…a facet of my brain...

Of Bolides and Birds

Of Bolides and Birds

Bolide with Tau Herculid meteor shower and fireflies. Photo © Cheryl Shank. I didn’t know birds talk in their sleep, but they surely must. About 12:30 a.m. an Ovenbird began to talk. Before long, a...

When Lions Attack

When Lions Attack

Thompson's Gazelles. Photo © Dreamstime.com. The dry tawny-colored grass twitched ever so slightly. It had barely moved, but it caught the ever-watchful eye of a mother gazelle. Her head jerked up,...