A Symphony in the Trees: It’s Katydid Season!

When I was a child, I had a picture book about insects.  Each creepy critter was briefly described by the author, including an onomatopoeic description of the insect’s chirp or whistle or buzz.The katydid, I learned in that book, had a distinctive call that sounded like “Katie did, Katie did, Katie did-did-did.” *     *     *     *     * We drove up our driveway last night at around 11 p.m., and there they were!  Just one night before, the skies had been silent—and now, thousands of the gre … [Read more...]

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Getting All Puffed Up Over Mushrooms

"Darn," I thought.  "The raccoons have been in the trash cans again.   There are paper plates all over the yard!" But no.  On closer inspection, what first brought scowls, then smiles, was a congregation of plate-sized mushrooms that had sprung up, courtesy of a gentle rainfall, and now turned faces heavenward to bask in the setting sun. I never saw this type of mushroom before.  My friend John, a connoisseur of all things home-grown, would have been out there with a knife and f … [Read more...]

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This Beetle: Maybe I'll Name Him Benjamin

So there I was, bustling about the house getting ready for work, and this Big Brown THING caught my eye. It was a beetle, moseying along on the living room carpet.No husband in sight to rescue me, I did the best I could: I scooped it up in a wad of Kleenex and…..…crushed it to smithereens? No. …dumped it in the toilet and flushed? No.What I did, actually, was carry the little guy outside and carefully place it on a  leafy bush not too close to the door, where it’s unlikely to find its way … [Read more...]

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