Behind the Leaves

By MaryBeth Pottratz A charming bird’s nest sits in the crotch of a magnolia tree just outside the entrance to the Visitor Center. Large fluffy catkins decorate tips of the magnolia. I try to photograph it against a hazy white sky. How many times did I walk by that nest last year as it hid…

Snowshoeing at the Arb

By Boak Wiesner Snow lightly fell as I made my slow way west on the snowshoe trail. Its packed surface let me walk without my ‘shoes on, actually. This winter of fluffy snow and cold has allowed no crusts form and this makes snowshoeing very arduous when one goes off trail. At the same time,…

Sky and Snow

By Greg Lecker The air is very still this morning.   Without wind, even a 10 degrees Fahrenheit morning feels comfortable, if one is well dressed.  Above, the sky is dotted with clouds; and heavy clouds ringing the horizon block the struggling sun.  Entering the woodland path, I hear the ever present buzzing call of a…