Hints of Color

By Greg Lecker The daybreak illuminated full moon teases me like a pale white cameo showcased atop a Tiffany’s boutique box.  On my Saturday morning drive to the Arboretum, the roadways zig west and zag south.  The moon plays peek-a-bo0 with my gaze as the sky deepens in blue.  The sky deepens in hue. Over…

A Ghost in the Forest

By Mary Beth Pottratz The woodland is freshened by yesterday’s gentle rains. Dust is gone; the air is sweet. Cool, humid breezes riffle the tops of white snakeroot. Wet leaves no longer skitter loudly. I notice tramping squirrels by their movement and not their noise. Red turtleheads bloom in groups throughout the forest. I watch…

Natural Change

By Boak Wiesner In the midst of a stretch of unseasonably hot weather, a one-day interlude of “normal” cool weather on Sunday let me roam fairly comfortably around in the woods. Considering that it’s now shorter than a fortnight to the Autumnal Equinox, we can expect rapid changes to be happening in the outdoor world….

Summer Coasts to a Close

By Greg Lecker Anticipating continued record-breaking temperatures, I scheduled an early morning visit.  I’m pleasantly surprised that temperatures have moderated somewhat.  With today’s partial cloudiness and an oncoming cold front Saturday night, further cooling is expected (and in fact arrived the day after my visit). Sunrise over Spring Peeper Meadow can be quite beautiful –…