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Jefferson or Hyacinth Bean…

Plant and Stand Back! Don’t have a green thumb? I think I have found the answer. Early this summer, on a trip to Thomas Jefferson’s summer home, Poplar Forest, I picked up a package of seeds from the gift shop. … Continue reading

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A Tomato Hornworm Stirs the Curious Naturalist

Natural History – The Tomato Hornworm I have often described myself as “a curious naturalist,” (especially after I read “The Curious Naturalist” by Sy Montgomery).  Perhaps, the garden helps feed my “curious naturalist” gene.  For example, this morning while encouraging … Continue reading

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Black Widow Spider

 Tuesday Topics – Natural History Turning over rocks, boards, or anything lying on the ground anywhere in the temperate areas of the United States can be hazardous. Black Widow spiders prefer cool, protected areas under almost anything on or near … Continue reading

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Tuesday Topics – The Bald Cypress Tree

Tuesday Topics – Nature  The Bald Cypress is a unique tree: it can thrive in standing water, it has “knees” that act as snorkels for its roots, and it is a conifer (usually evergreens) but it loses it needles every … Continue reading

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Monochrome Maddness 2-43 – Wind Sculptures

The wind twisting sea grass in the dry sand carved out the concentric curves. They seem appropriate for Leanne Cole’s theme of “curves” for Monochrome Madness 2-43. There are more awesome monochrome photos at the link above.  

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The Fascinating Biology of the Monarch Butterfly

Topical Tuesday – Nature The monarch butterfly is not only beautiful but is also a fascinating biological study. Consider the following Monarch facts: 1. It “tastes bad” to predators. 2. Because it tastes bad, it is mimicked by the Viceroy … Continue reading

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