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Fighting Quack Grass—and Sin

Every spring I come face to face with weeds in our garden. There are the little ones, easy to uproot and get rid of. And then there’s quack grass. In the early spring it looks beautifully lush, soft, and green. It is possible to pull isolated clumps out, the ones that started from last year’s […]

Books: Clouds and Nature Photo Essays

Sometimes when I go out into nature I don’t know what to look for or even what I’m looking at. I need someone with knowledge to be my guide, but such guides are hard to find. Books can help, though. Two books that I have read recently help me to understand, give me vocabulary, and […]

1480 Crocuses, Revisited

A year and a half ago, our children bought hundreds of crocus bulbs and helped me plant them. A crocus-filled lawn is something I had dreamed about for years and I could hardly believe it was actually going to happen. In fact, the next spring I was so excited that I actually turned my chair […]

The Light that does not Change

One morning the whole world shone silver—the snow, the sky, the ice on the trees, and even the light itself. It was dramatic and I rushed outside to take pictures before the unique light faded. A bit later, I turned around and saw this tree, sunshine glinting off the icy trunks. Light seems to change […]

Frozen Water

This week trees dripped with tiny icicles from an unusual episode of freezing rain. Some of the icicles stayed for more than a day, softening the evergreens and spring-colored bushes into pastel versions of themselves. Water hurried through the ditches but when the cold overpowered the current, it crystalized into glassy sheets and patterns. There […]

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