Category Nature

Cricket song

You know the melody. One, or two, or many hundreds of crickets chirping their cricket chirps to serenade the world around them. Just this morning, before dawn, the dog and I stepped out for our ritual morning hike down to the end of the road. We were met with the chirp of an individual cricket. […]

An Ooops, or Gonzo Marketing?

Crop production is big business.  Whether you farm several thousand acres, or keep a kitchen garden, your effort to produce plants places you in the enviable cause of helping to feed the 7 billion.  Right in line behind the folks in the fields there is a support industry manufacturing everything from equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, […]

Five gallons of death

That sounds pretty yucky.  And it should.  Hidden within this bucket are almost five full gallons of dead Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica).  These insects are serious herbivores and in significant numbers can render serious harm. In the face of an outbreak of these fiendish little coleopterans one might choose to spray chemicals, deploy pheromone traps, […]

Some wheat fields

The winter wheat harvest is hitting its stride in the Heartland. “For amber waves of grain” is more than a pretty lyric in a beautiful song at the moment. Within a week or so the winter wheat harvest will grind farther north and leave Heartland fields idle or set for a double crop such as […]

Linus and Lucy?

George and Martha? Bill and Hillary? Mark Antony and Cleopatra? Well, none really. But if you had to pick one of these couples, A, B, C, or D – which makes the most sense? A – Linus and Lucy; brother and sister and supposedly full sibs. The seedlings shown here are hybrid corn seedlings. Single […]

Every Earth should have its day.

Earth Day. Tag der Erde. Gauisus Terra Dies. El Día De La Tierra.  A terrific invention.  Setting up a day upon our calendars dedicated to thinking about our tiny little planet seems so appropriate. And there is SO much to think about. For starters, it’s not such a tiny little planet.  Ok, there is Jupiter.  […]

God save the crown

Not a monarchist myself. So a Shakespearean quote like: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” doesn’t do much but set me off to scratching mine. But there is another sort of crown that I can get my head around.  This would be the crown of a plant.  And now that we stand in […]

What comes around…

The winter solstice is just around the corner. Days are short, and tempers aren’t so long now either. I had to stop and get gas on the way home last night. It was still early evening, but the sun had set a couple hours before and it was pretty crisp out.  Indeed, it was cold […]

Are there angles in nature?

We are elements of the landscape, you and me. We take up our space, consume resources, and we serve as resource for others.  We as a species have an incredible impact on the natural world.  We are not some monolithic collection of related animals… we come in many shades and sizes; we occupy habitats across […]

There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise

I believe I’ve heard it said that great minds think alike. Perhaps. There are plenty of aphorisms concerning the moon. So if two or more bloggers write up something about a full moon – are they kindred spirits?  Are they great minds?  Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This most recent full moon was […]