Solstice Season

By Ulrike Axen An interesting solstice, indeed. Following the driest autumn on record, we are facing an unusually warm, sunny weekend for this solstice season. This warm weather reprieve is giving the local wildlife a break from the harshest conditions, although if the cold weather comes finally without the snow, then many critters will actually…

Looking into Lakes

By Boak Wiesner “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Thoreau himself, during winters, measured the depths of Walden and some surrounding lakes, using fishing line and a small stone, finding depths of over 100’. What’s…

Savoring Late Fall

By  Mary Beth Pottratz At first study, it seems to be a dead landscape, devoid of the greenness I associate with life. Leafless branches, flowerless stalks, dry grasses and cattails under dull grey clouds leave me feeling listless and flat. I’ve been anticipating today’s predicted snowfall with pleasure. It’s already mid-afternoon, and I can even…

Shades of Pale

By Mary Beth Pottratz  Grateful for my warm coat, I know an outdoor walk will be far more interesting than braving the mall on its busiest weekend. Maybe even too interesting! The beautiful white oak just outside the rose garden holds tightly to its inner leaves. But with outer branches bare, I easily discern its crooked,…