December Thaw

By Mary Beth Pottratz Snow sparkles under a filtered sun and a balmy 42⁰ makes for a delicious day. Birds are calling and chattering from shrubs and treetops. Squirrels dart between trees. Just a few short weeks ago they crashed loudly through leaves, but their travel across snow is now silent. I follow animal tracks…

Signs of the Season

By Greg Lecker As has been the case for the past two weeks, evergreen trees throughout the Arboretum are frosted with snow.   Over the course of several hours Saturday morning, I strive to capture the changing light on one twisted pine.  Abundant snow offers the opportunity to appreciate the many animal tracks coursing through the…

Enchanting Impressions

By Mary Beth Pottratz At six below zero, I don’t expect many people to be at the Arb today. Am I ever wrong! The parking lot is packed. I wonder what’s going on but am drawn from one set of animal tracks in snow to another. Deer tracks amble into the woods with telltale dragging…

Idyll Chatter

By Boak Wiesner A late morning idyll at the junction of the boardwalks on the 1st of December. As the clouds rolled in, the air itself seemed to quiet down. The normal susurrus of traffic on 7 was not very apparent. And that let the calls of many of our local winter birds be heard…