• Clouds
  • Sunset Time-lapse

    Been having some very active weather lately. That may sound silly as the weather is often active.  Maybe more accurate to say that we’ve been having lots of windy days. Thankfully we had a slight let-up in the wind the other day at sunset and there were some very nice clouds rolling through which made […]

  • Earth
  • Of Monarchs and Birthdays

    It’s Royal’s birthday so I’ll put on a happy face. But this. This. I’m having a real hard time imagining a summertime without Monarchs. What else will we kill off because we don’t know how to live within limits, don’t know how to live as species that recognizes the needs of other species. Every grass […]

  • Astronomy
  • A Cold and Snowy Night!

    A 13 second exposure of my scope and all the snownicely illuminated by the moon! Note Sirius in thelower left corner of the image. Wish I’d gone just a bithigher to fit Orion in the image! We’ve been clouded over since the December 14th, the night of the fantastic Geminid shower so when it cleared late yesterday […]

  • Astronomy
  • Pondering the Future

    Specifically my personal future and also thinking a bit about this blog. I’ve obviously not been very consistent with updates. Honestly, I put some of the blame for that on Facebook. I’m sure I am not the only one who spends too much time there. While it is great for sharing I thing the downside […]

  • Conservation
  • Conservation and Land Ethic

    A great article on the Sand Prairie Conservation Area in Missouri, The Vasculum: Strolling the Remnants: Sand Prairie Conservation Area included this quote from Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac in one of the comments. It’s been awhile since I read it but I will again very soon: ‘All ethics so far evolved rest upon a […]

  • Nature
  • Birds!

    For some reason last winter, my first as a full time resident, I did not feed the birds. Of course I watched them as I do all year but winter feeding of birds is always a treat because it seems to bring so many in. This year I noticed that they noticed the chicken scratch […]

  • Living Simply
  • Loretta

    I’m not sure how to say this. I think I’m in love with a goose. Is that strange? I kid. Really though, she is quite a sweet goose and I am very fond of her. She started hanging out here in early August and has been here every day since. I started calling her Loretta […]

  • Agriculture
  • Rooted in a place

    Several weeks ago I finally made the short journey down to see Roger’s place. I’d met Roger this past fall through Ruth Ann and the Cowboy Coffee. It’s funny actually, the first or second time I’d gone into the coffee shop Roger was at the far end with Ruth and Juli and they were dancing […]