Category Archives: Nature

Fairhope Scavenger Hunt: Part 2

Over a year ago, I posted the “Birdwatcher Edition” of the Fairhope Scavenger Hunt. I fully intended to return the next day or the next week to post a follow-up. Then life happened. May and June are always busy for … Continue reading

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Coming Through the Rye

Well, maybe not through the rye, but at least beside it. Although our weather has stayed so mild that our lawn grass (predominantly St. Augustine) is still pretty green (or at least would be if it weren’t covered with pine … Continue reading

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Outside Again

Now that the weather here has finally turned mild (highs in the 70s, breezy), I’ve felt less inclined to go to “the gym” and more eager to get out in the fresh air. A nasty cold kept me in for … Continue reading

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Listening for Brown Thrashers

About a month ago, as I was driving to Troy, Alabama, for a Rotary meeting, I happened to catch the tail end of the program Living on Earth on Troy public radio station WTSU. The segment I heard was called … Continue reading

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Dem Boidies

Der spring is sprung Der grass is riz I wonder where dem boidies is? Given our mild climate, we have an abundance of birds year-round. Some may winter here, while others—mockingbirds, mourning doves, blue jays, cardinals, a variety of finches … Continue reading

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After the Rains

It would appear that the rains have moved out of the area for now, after another night of heavy thunderstorms. When I emptied the rain gauge at 8 this morning, there was five inches’ accumulation since Wednesday morning, and the … Continue reading

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Green Party

It was raining this morning, and I didn’t think I’d be able to walk, but, as luck would have it, the skies cleared just as I finished my chores, and I was able to squeeze in a walk before I … Continue reading

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Blue Angels, Eat Your Hearts Out!

It was drizzling a little this morning when I got up, so I didn’t get out till about 9 a.m. I spent half an hour edging the front walk before leaving the house, and by that time the sun was … Continue reading

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Looking Up

Someone (I think it was my daughter) passed on this wise advice for tourists: Don’t forget to look up. Many of us, when overwhelmed by magnificent architecture or unfamiliar surroundings, tend to look down and around, whether we’re making sure … Continue reading

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White Nights in Portland

One of the aspects of Portland that took us by surprise (though quite unreasonably since it’s not as if we were ignorant of the phenomenon) was the length of the days. Afternoons seemed to stretch on endlessly, and although our … Continue reading

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