2023, 02 February

This Morning was the “Tomorrow”

This Morning was the “Tomorrow”

MacGillivray's Warbler. Photo © Kevin Shank. You may remember “The Photo Focus” in January ended with the sentence, “Plus, there is tomorrow.” Well, that was today. When I wrote that, I just thought...

Other Garden-Friendly Livestock

Other Garden-Friendly Livestock

While the chickens we wrote about last month are by far the most common, they are not the only garden-friendly animals available for our use. This month I want to take a brief look at several other...

Taurus

Taurus

The Pleiades. Photo © Shaphan Shank. Taurus, the Bull, is a distinctive constellation that lies just northwest of Orion, high in the evening sky in late winter. A V-shaped group of stars forms the...

Frosty Bubbles

Frosty Bubbles

Frozen soap bubble. Photo © Don Komarechka. The clear globe with frost patterns caught my eye. I had to do a double-take. Just what was I seeing? Patterns of frost were wrapping a clear ball that...

Thump, Chirp, Thump—Gobble

Thump, Chirp, Thump—Gobble

Ocellated Turkey. Photo CC-BY-SA-4.0. Several high-pitched chirps with accompanying low “thumps” split the gray light of the early Mexican morning. They soon blended into a series of pulsations...

A Squirrelly Visitor

A Squirrelly Visitor

Red squirrel. Photo © Dreamstime.com. It was a balmy Wednesday afternoon when I dressed in hunting garb, took my crossbow, and started through the back field to the tree stand.Once there, I climbed...

Stargazing Chills

Stargazing Chills

Bubble Nebula and open star cluster M52. Photo © Shaphan Shank. Oh, no, I thought as I stepped out the door. Supper was over and darkness was falling. An hour or two earlier it had been snowing...