I was astounded to see what appeared to be a bright green bee flitting around some flowers the other day. I grew up knowing that bees, hornets, yellowjackets and their ilk were various shades and stripes of black and yellow. But emerald green? Must be some genetic malfunction otherwise it wouldn’t have escaped [...]
Notes from the East Woods
I felt bad for the little chickadee that sat dazed and confused after running into my office window yesterday. He thought he had a clear and obvious path to the next pile of tasty seeds, but instead went thud and got a headache.
I thought similar things this week when I spoke with a few companies [...]
When I opened the grill last night, I was surprised to find three little gray mice staring back up at me. Though I was a little startled, I could tell that the pulsating little fur balls got the worst of it. It made me think of when I had been surprised, and how seldom it [...]
I had nothing to show for my 3 recent mornings of fishing on the local ponds and lakes. I had started with great hopes of catching a keeper, especially after reading that a third of the state record fish came out of the big lake at the end of the road. However, I was skunked, [...]
The wind was howling last night in the East Woods – it sounded like a 747 coming in for a landing as the wind whipped the trees back and forth. After a minute or two the gust would subside, until another came roaring through a moment later. If there was anything else making noise last [...]
I tried to make snow the other day, but much to my surprise, I failed. I couldn’t believe that my exquisitely designed system of a leaf blower, hose sprayer and duct tape did not produce the wintry landscape that is absent this year. Instead I got an icy coating on the brown grass and frozen [...]
The other night, I bolted straight up in the darkness to the sound of people screaming for mercy. After a few seconds, I realized that it was not Charles Manson loose in the neighborhood. It was the wailing howls of a bunch of amorous coyotes.
They reminded me of the unrequited calls that some companies make [...]