2022, 12 December

Cetus

Cetus

NGC 253. Photo © CC by 3.0. The southern sky is nearly devoid of bright stars on evenings in late autumn and early winter. Cetus, the Whale, is a relatively large constellation that lies in the...

The Greatest Houseplant Ever?

The Greatest Houseplant Ever?

The poinsettia is probably the most popular potted flower in U.S. history—at least in terms of pots sold. Last year around thirty-five million pots of poinsettias were sold in the U.S., almost all...

Building a Weight-triggered Perch

Building a Weight-triggered Perch

Chipping Sparrow. Photo © Austin Vinar. When trying to photograph skittish birds at my feeder, I’ve often thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to have a trail camera that takes good bird photos…. But,...

Some of the Southwestern Wrens

Some of the Southwestern Wrens

Cactus Wren eating cactus fruit. Photo © Jay Pierstorff/Dreamstime.com. In the southern part of California, the climate is dry. Not much rain falls in a whole year. Some types of birds like a dry...

On a Starry Night in December

On a Starry Night in December

“Papa! May Joshua, Michaela, and I sleep outside on Tuesday night to watch the Geminid meteor shower?” I questioned eagerly, looking up from the November issue of Nature Friend where I had just...

Nature’s Antics

Nature’s Antics

Bobcat. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. The sun wasn’t up yet, but there were streaks of pink in the east. As I sat on a small bluff overlooking a field, a few deer and even several wary coyotes wandered...