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Rather Old Camera

How good are old cameras? Rootling in the basement last night I happened upon an old digital camera - the first I had owned and purchased back in 2011/2012. It was, still is for that matter, a Nikon Coolpix 995 and was my faithful digiscoping companion for  a few years before I moved [...]

2019-09-02T17:45:48-04:00Sunday, September 8, 2019|

The Beetles Are (Still) Coming

Japanese Beetles in the Ascendency Recently we wrote about the welcome appearance this summer of the eggs of parasitic Tachnid flies on the bodies of Japanese Beetles in the garden and we have been looking forward to a decline in beetle numbers as a consequence. No such luck. For the past four years, [...]

2019-09-01T12:55:17-04:00Sunday, September 1, 2019|

Action on the Golden Rod

The Golden Rod was alive with insects Tuesday morning in the warm sun - here are four that posed for their portraits. There were also a number of Hover Flies which never paused long enough to be immortalised. Clearly a Bumble Bee and I think most likely Bombus impatiens (Common Eastern Bumble Bee) [...]

2019-08-27T13:28:44-04:00Sunday, September 1, 2019|

The Illustrated Garden Month – August 2019

A Garden Month (to 24 Aug 2019) Pictures follow Even back in late July some end-of-summery things were already being noticed such as a small group of Waxwings taking berries from the Dogwood bushes on a hot and windy day … the sort of day on which it is perfect for Japanese Beetles [...]

2019-08-29T14:35:09-04:00Sunday, August 25, 2019|

Hummingbird Video

A little Sunday morning magicThis tiny bird appeared to accompany the Sunday morning cup of tea … the red flowers are Cuphea (Mexican cigar plant) and have proved to be the best attractor of Hummingbirds we have ever grown. They are not hardy, but plant some where you can nsee them next summer and [...]

2019-08-19T17:05:42-04:00Sunday, August 18, 2019|

Mini but Mighty

HAL 9000 This isn’t product placement, just a comment. I pay just under a couple of $$ a month for added storage on GoogleDrive and last week Google invited me, “as a loyal customer”, to accept a free Smart Speaker which, naturally, I accepted. Yesterday I took delivery of small grey hamburger [...]

2019-08-17T15:28:38-04:00Sunday, August 18, 2019|

Bonny Bouncing Babies

Berries and Birds Everyone has remarked on the amazing size and variety of the tree fruit crop this year - and it has not gone unnoticed by  the juvenile American Robins in our garden who have started to fill and fatten themselves on the bounty - observed by some young Song Sparrows. [...]

2019-08-12T12:24:18-04:00Sunday, August 18, 2019|

Autumn is Coming

Signs of the Season Turning Our first visit to North America was in 1987 at about this time of the year. A friend we were staying with mentioned that seeing Egrets on a lake in Minnesota was his marker that summer is nearly over while ours has become seeing Golden Rod in flower. [...]

2019-08-11T12:22:05-04:00Sunday, August 11, 2019|

Fall Webworm Moth

Garden Creatures The sun at just the right angle illuminated a horizontal band of white "fluff" in a Pagoda Dogwood tree and it warranted a better look. At first appearances one thinks of Tent Moth caterpillars but this is the wrong sort of tree.  Closer inspection found that most of the affected area [...]

2019-08-06T12:18:15-04:00Sunday, August 11, 2019|

On Bunions and Sore Feet

A Service to Friends of My Age We are none of us getting any younger, as we all know only too well. Some problems have simply solutions however and I thought, as a service to you all, I would make brief mention of Birkenstock's sandals and shoes. I have an incipient bunion on [...]

2019-08-11T14:02:55-04:00Sunday, August 11, 2019|