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Birds do it

At the age of eight, Francie the Duck (Ret.) began turning into a drake. For eight years she had unquestionably been a hen, brown-feathered, egg-laying, but then she went through the change and now, two years later, her head feathers … Continue reading

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Rough earth snake

We found a rough earth snake in the yard last week. His kind was new to me: skinny and brown with pale bellies, they burrow under mulch and soil and feed on worms and bugs. He was trying to burrow … Continue reading

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The benefits of sloth to one’s fellow creatures

This Earth Day post on a New York Times blog, about why dandelions are ok and “Wimbeldonlike” lawns maintained in their sterile protection by a chemical arsenal are bad, left me nonplussed — not because I disagree; I’ve written before … Continue reading

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When we are not looking

Four deer are nosing through the pine straw for acorns the squirrels might have missed, barely shimmering against the background of russet-brown and dappled snow. Where have they been all week? I expected to see them out in the snow, … Continue reading

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Life cycles

The miracle of a butterfly is a cliché, but it’s a miracle my daughter, who is four, hadn’t yet witnessed, and she gave me daily — if not hourly — updates on the caterpillar’s progress. And, really, it’s a miracle that never grows old. When the aptly named “Parsley” went off into the wide world we were all a little disappointed that we wouldn’t see her emerge as a butterfly. Continue reading

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Howdy, neighbor

This gal has taken up residence in my workshop: Or guy. I asked, but she wasn’t talking. When I cleaned out the shed Monday after leaving it fallow for a year and a half — with a job and a … Continue reading

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The wheel bug of life

Photograph by Ronald F. Billings of the Texas Forest Service, USDA Forestry Service Archives, image 226085. Since we began gardening several years ago—when we moved into our first house—we have grown our vegetables in raised beds. This has always been … Continue reading

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