2023, 05 May Story Contest

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

Pick up any gardening magazine or book, and you are sure to soon come across the use of compost. Composting is a basic principle of gardening. In the natural cycle of things, life grows from death;...

Birthday Surprise

Birthday Surprise

Black bear. Photo © Anthony Burkholder. One warm summer evening in September, my family was outside eating my little brother’s birthday cake. Suddenly my mother shaded her eyes and exclaimed, “What...

Two Dozen Crabs

Two Dozen Crabs

Land crab. Photo © Andrey Gudkov/Dreamstime.com. The cool Bahamian breezes tickle our faces. It is a relief to have some cool moments after this unusually steamy July day. We are following the...

Coma Berenices

Coma Berenices

M64 On May evenings, our planet is turned so that we are looking out the side of the Milky Way instead of looking edgewise through its arms. This orientation means that there are few star clusters...

Our Month of March

Our Month of March

I probably laughed out loud when I saw this foot-in-the-mouth shot. I have no idea where the “foot” comes from. Is it part of the critter? Many of you are sending us your March submissions for the...

Bear Country Camping

Bear Country Camping

Photo © Elise Weaver. One Sunday afternoon after church, Dad took my sisters and me on an overnight camping trip. We packed our backpacks with sleeping bags, food, and a first aid kit. My older...

Caption This Sea Lion

Caption This Sea Lion

Sea lion. Photo © Dmitrii Pichugin/Dreamstime.com. We invite you to submit your caption for this photograph. The photograph will be used on the back of the September issue, along with our choice of...

In Search of Monarchs

In Search of Monarchs

They say ignorance is bliss. In some ways, I wish I had never taken that summer evening walk.“Mom, could I head out and look for monarchs again?”I’d waited long enough, I thought, for the...

In Our Skies, May 2023: Eta Aquarids

In Our Skies, May 2023: Eta Aquarids

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on the night of May 5–6. Unfortunately, that’s also the night of Full Moon, so any faint meteors will be washed out by moonlight. On a year without moonlight...

The Enlightenment of Light

The Enlightenment of Light

Double slit experiment—see article below. We often tend to think of our vision as reaching out to observe things. However, in reality, views flow the other direction—to us, at the speed of light....

My “Star”

My “Star”

Meteor. Photo © Dreamstime.com. It was late in the day when I remembered. Weeks before, I had checked our November Nature Friend. The Geminid meteor shower was tonight.I had never seen a “shooting...