Gypsy Moths, Complexity, and Simplicity

 

Walking through the East Woods on a clear morning today, I noticed the constant sound of a fine rain hitting the leaves – the telltale noise of the droppings of larval gypsy moths and their impending infestation. Most experts are predicting a large outbreak this year with severe defoliation of many native trees and forests – much more than last year’s 100,000 acres across the state.

I’m not looking forward to this, but other experts are saying that the recent spate ...

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Smoke, Fire, and Relationships

 

I awoke with a start the other morning to the acrid smell of smoke. After a quick search of the house, I determined that the source of the smoke was somewhere out in the East Woods. A call to the fire department followed by an hour traipsing about the woods left me stymied – I still had no idea of what was filling the environs with the thin haze.

Complicating the search was the dead calm air that gave no indication ...

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Diesel Frogs and Market Timing

 

Working in the yard last weekend, I was disturbed by the foreign sound of a diesel engine idling somewhere out in the woods. I checked this out only to be relieved that it was merely the local wood frogs having their annual love fest in the vernal pools. Seems they have the uncanny ability to sense when the timing is just right such that they all migrate to these very large puddles and start their ‘quacking’, which in unison Continue Reading →

Acorns and Leverage

 

I was pelted by acorns as I strolled through the East Woods on a breezy day last weekend. The oaks have decided to gang up on the forest and release a decade’s worth of seed in a couple weeks, overwhelming any chance that they will all be eaten or lie unfruitful. This tremendous outpouring provides leverage over the chipmunks, blue jays, and fungi, insuring that many trees will have seedlings spring up in their shadows come next summer. Similarly this ...

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Deer Snorts, Bubbles and M&A

 

While peacefully enjoying a book the other night, I was jolted out of my seat by a bizarre sound in the woods. After peering into the darkness for a few minutes, I realized it was a deer snorting. I had no idea that deer made any sounds and this one is very strange (click to listen). Having my quietude disrupted by this ungulate made me think about how this current marketplace for all-things-technological is going gangbusters (aka a bubble). ...

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The Pileated Approach

 

The other day I watched a magnificent pileated woodpecker make his way from tree to tree in search of the perfect morsel of ants, larvae, or random wood bugs. It reminded me of how some companies search for the ideal targets for their new products, services, or partnerships. This approach of lightly probing a segment to determine if it holds sufficient monetary nutrition is a good way to grow your business without going too far astray.

Additionally when the pileated finds ...

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Ptyxis and Planning

 

Walking by a black birch tree the other day, I noticed that the tips of the branches all held long, prominent, pointed buds that seemed ready to burst into a spring flush of leaves. These plump buds are compact little packages whose embryonic leaves are folded in an intricate “ptyxis” and packed tightly together, awaiting their call to arms in 5 months’ time. Somehow these trees have the ability to prepare for next season to insure that they have a ...

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