Needle Ice

How have I lived this long without knowing about needle ice!? Late last fall, I was on a hike when I first saw it. When it’s intact, it camouflages with the surrounding soil. Footfalls crunch over the top of it like ordinary frozen ground. Yet, … Continue readingNeedle Ice

The Water Drip

When we moved into our house, the previous owners had left a metal water trough. Our five acres border over 100 acres of public forest land in a place where even private land is pretty wild.  I’m excited to see the “backyard” wildlife we have. … Continue readingThe Water Drip

Saying Goodbye

I’m saying goodbye to this land that I’ve loved and nurtured, and that has nurtured me back. We arrived in June 2009 to a sterile, weedy landscape. Morning glory vines had overrun all of the landscape beds, their long tendril roots anchored firmly through the … Continue readingSaying Goodbye

American Toads

The Wooing I fell down a rabbit hole of toad photography one Monday this May. I set out with my camera and journal to sit on a shady bench under my backyard willow.  And I did.  The sounds of amphibians coming from the pond were … Continue readingAmerican Toads

Backyard Geese

Fred and Ethel* are back for their twelfth season.  They are a pair of Canada geese who have been raising their families on my pond year after year.  In the spring, when the flocks of geese begin to stopover on their trip north, Fred and … Continue readingBackyard Geese