Friday Nature UNK

So outdoor observers: what fruit on yonder tree? Admittedly, this is a crappy picture, taken through the window of my car, stopped briefly on a county road and having not gone unnoticed by a nearby barking porch dog. I think you can see enough to make the ID. UNK is shorthand for Unknown, of course, not the brother of your father or mother.

Parts South

Two weeks ago this morning I was in high clover--among vegetation and birdlife unlike anything around here, that's for sure. Sarasota is another world, and on a beautiful balmy morning surrounded by herons and ibises and spoonbills and ducks and... It was really the first time I've been able to use the long-lens function of the camera I got only last August. So here's a gallery of images in a slide show. Or click them individually at the gallery link here. 

What’s a Forest For?

Part Two of a four-part series on Forests' Future, published in Floyd Press starting March 30.

What goes missing when a clearcut takes everything away from our ridges, slopes or valleys?

Extensive and prolonged logging so close to home was not just a personal concern. It was a community matter, too. Taking away the forest cover over many acres of steep mountain land impacts drinking water—if not mine, then a neighbor’s. Our valley floor's residential wells may draw some or much of their volume from the fractured rock under the adjacent deforested and herbicide-sprayed acreage.

Understandably, it disturbed me … Continue Reading ››

Photos and Front Porch Musing from Floyd County Virginia