What Lies Beneath

By Greg Lecker The title of this report is not intended to evoke horror, but a deeper contemplation. The past two weeks, I’ve been silently cursing the early return of winter, though not as much as residents of Buffalo, NY. Then I visited the Vine Arts photography exhibit of Jack Mader, a neighbor. What on…

Seasons Collide

By Mary Beth Pottratz The beauty of snow glinting in sunlight catches my heart every time I see it. Today is no exception! But the sight of golden tamarack needles lustrous with snow stops me in my tracks. Squirrel tracks in the white under the tamarack are filling with needles that have just started to…

Day Before the First Snow

by Mary Beth Pottratz Thick clouds mute the colors today. It doesn’t feel as cold as the thermometer’s39⁰. Tomorrow, several inches of the season’s first snow is predicted. But today, I can see deep into the forest’s jumbled collage of bare branches. The ground is thick with leaves, now faded to soft tans, browns and…

Time – Marching On

By Greg Lecker How is your daylight savings account doing? Not so well? The end of Daylight Savings Time is a good time to reflect on the amount of time one spent outdoors this spring, summer and autumn. Maybe it’s time to make a year-end deposit. The price we pay for incredibly long summer days,…