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...

In Search of Ducks!

In Search of Ducks!

Floating waterfowl blind. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Oh no, I thought, I didn’t put the flippers on my boots. I will have to wade back to the shore.After some awkward minutes trying to figure out...

How to Till No-till Gardens

How to Till No-till Gardens

Photo © Dreamstime.com. Is our title an oxymoron? It appears to be a contradiction. Actually, to grow and maintain health, soil needs tillage. It just doesn’t need to be done with steel, iron, or...

Ophichus

Ophichus

M12. Photo © Scott Rosen. Ophiuchus is a large constellation that lies high in the southern sky on midsummer evenings. This constellation lies just north of the constellation Scorpius and just west...

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...

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...

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....

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...