One Tree

Living in the Midwest, I haven’t had much exposure to the Western Red Cedar. I have some favorite trees – oaks for their gnarly growth and the wildlife habitat they provide; aspens for their decorated white bark and fluttering, shimmering heart-shaped leaves; the ponderosa pine … Continue readingOne Tree

Spring woodland

Spring woodland wildflowers are fleeting. They decorate the sunny forest floor before the trees leaf out and shade them for the summer. Two weeks ago the blood root bloomed, last week the trout lilies stole the show. This week, the ground here at Johnson’s Mound … Continue readingSpring woodland

Counting Cranes

I arrive before dawn on a cold, cloudless morning. As I gear up and start down the crushed limestone trail, the eastern horizon is beginning to lighten. At the footbridge near a beaver lodge, I slow down taking soft, deliberate steps. I think I might … Continue readingCounting Cranes

Squirrel Rock

Several years ago I got a camera trap (motion-activated outdoor camera) to learn more about who is around when I’m not. Over the years I’ve watched raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes, birds, a woodchuck, mice, deer, a nesting duck, the neighbor’s cat and my dogs in … Continue readingSquirrel Rock