Cool Cats (and Dogs)

By Greg Lecker Jousting with clear sky breaks, low clouds appear to be winning the battle.  It’s challenging to find snow anywhere; and the ice on Green Heron Pond is darkening – a sign of melting from below.   Even more unusual for this time of year, male Red-Winged Blackbirds are calling from the thicket of…

First Maple Syrup Update for 2017

By Rich DeVries: Here is a quick Maple Syrup update. We started tapping our sugar maple trees on February 8 and the sap was running when we tapped that day. We were planning on installing a new tubing system in February but we had to switch gears and get all the tapping done before we…

An Exceptional Day!

By Mary Beth Pottratz For the first time in 150 years, the temperature on February 17 reaches a sunny 63⁰. With no breeze, I wear only a light vest and no gloves. The air is warm despite the melting ice beneath my feet. Beautiful orchids are on display, and I pause to admire these blasts…

Former Residents

By Boak Wiesner At last, after all these years, I finally finish the last of the trails that I had yet to walk on, namely, the snowshoe trail across the march east of Wood Duck Pond. The recent warmth has nearly melted on the snow and it was ice skates I was wishing I had…

Value of Color

By Greg Lecker My selection of this title is even more intentional than usual.  Though I could have used “importance”, value means something quite different to an artist than it does to an English major.  Color and value are two ways to describe shapes one finds when exploring the Arboretum.  Black and white images allow…