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A Glimpse of Nature - Listen Up!

Bird song is among the most conspicuous natural phenomena of May.  If you have recently walked at the Ames Free Library or, for that matter, anywhere in southeastern Massachusetts, you couldn’t help but hear the chorus:  resident birds, newly-arrived migrants, and passers-through are all singing.  Those who stay sing to attract mates and to announce their territory.  In most, though not all species, the males deliver the songs.  They sing like there’s no tomorrow and, indeed, there really isn’t.  Our short-lived songbirds must start the process of raising young while food is avail

A Glimpse of Nature- On the Road

Who doesn’t love spring? Milder weather, longer days, and the return of greenery combine to lift our spirits.  Between April 29 and May 5, I made not one, but two, road trips to see spring flowers.  One excursion, a trip to the Wicked Tulips farm in Connecticut, offered a pleasant afternoon with little effort or planning.  Reservations are required and tickets sell out quickly, but the ride is scenic and the sight of 600,000 showy flowers en masse is pretty impressive . . .

Finding the Light

From the aesthetically pleasing, to the historical, to the mundane, to the downright ridiculous, many of us are obsessed with picture taking. Why do I have 10,000 photos of the same sunrise?  Do I really need to share what I had for breakfast with the whole world?

And is anyone’s life enriched by seeing a picture of me making a face like a duck?

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