Elbow Ears

It is one of those freezing nights when my dogs want no part of stepping outside unless I go with them. Standing in the backyard waiting for them, I am struck by the silence. There is no rustling under the trees, no frogs or crickets calling, and definitely no katydid songs. Since there were no…

A Disturbance in the Straw

When your goats adopt a pet😂

Morning Joe

A little over a week ago, my peaceful morning routine was completely shattered. There was no Joe. I didn’t even know Joe was such an important part of my morning until I stepped out my back door and he wasn’t there. I first noticed him one warm day in June. Every morning since then- he’s…

Passionflower Pollinator

We have many types of native bees in our yard and I have always wanted to learn how to identify them. When I saw this bee on my butterfly bush, I took several pictures and went inside to look it up. The Xerces Society has a nice bumble bee guide that I downloaded, but none…

It’s A Girl!

This morning I stepped out on the screened porch to check on the monarch pupae that are hanging out there. We make sure to leave most of the caterpillars in our yard alone- but this year we raised a few. It is really hard not to pick up a caterpillar that is lumbering around right…