2023, 03 March

Stronger Than Steel

Stronger Than Steel

Garden spider. Photo © Wayne Mckown/Dreamstime.com. We arrived home from a ten-day trip to an invasion of grasshoppers. With each step we took, a cloud of grasshoppers fled before us. They were even...

Capture the Splash

Capture the Splash

Photographing Water Splashes with Minimal Equipment Water droplets. Photo © Anna Boggs. Utterly bored, I stared out at the blinding snow until my eyes began to ache. What was I going to do with...

A Garden of Herbs

A Garden of Herbs

Photo © Shaiith/Dreamstime.com. Herbs are a category of plants grown mostly for flavor or medicinal value. They are often not on the shortlist for a beginning gardener, for various reasons. Spices...

Canis Major

Canis Major

Canis Major, the Great Dog, lies in the southern sky just southeast of Orion. Like Orion, many of the stars that make up Canis Major are bright. The constellation’s brightest star, Sirius, is the...

The False Dawn

The False Dawn

False dawn. Photo CC-SA 4-0. We consider air to be invisible, but, in reality, it is filled with molecules of air and vapor that fog our vision. When we were in Alaska, we were able to see Mt....

Caption This Eastern Screech-Owl

Caption This Eastern Screech-Owl

We invite you to submit your caption for this photograph of a parent Eastern Screech-Owl bringing a night crawler to the young. The photograph will be used on the back of the July issue, along with...

Wise As a Serpent

Wise As a Serpent

I glanced out the kitchen window one Monday morning. What was hanging out of the sparrow trap in the brush pile? It looked like a snake.I grabbed my binoculars to get a closer look. Sure enough, it...

Covers, March 2023

Covers, March 2023

Fairy shrimp. Photo © Dogwood Ridge. Ruby-crowned Kinglet eating dogwood berry. Photo © Dogwood Ridge.

The Swimming Toads

The Swimming Toads

American toad singing. Photo © Kevin Shank. Once upon a Good Friday evening, I, with my family, which consists of four brothers and two sisters and Dad and Mom, went down to our pond to fish. And...