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Category Archives: Nature Corner
A recent invader is both malodorous and voracious. That is, smelly and hungry. You may first hear it lightly clattering as it clumsily bounces off a light shade, then the wall and perhaps a book case before it finally alights … Continue reading
Trillium. The word rolls pleasantly off the tongue. Trilliums, not surprisingly, are named for their three petals and three leaves (“tri” = three). But a trillium has another trio: three structures that are not what they seem. This is where … Continue reading
The warming weather and fresh breezes lift my heart but it is the appearance of fresh green hues one after another that truly thrills me in the spring. In early March the greening begins on the forest floor, dances its … Continue reading
When we moved into Somers, we were welcomed by a robin that built a nest in our hanging fuchsia. Despite our comings and goings, she successfully fledged her family. The American Robin (Turdus migratorius) is to many the classic bird: … Continue reading
My little friend, Grace, likes to explore the Angle Fly Preserve with her parents. She has found many things on the trails but she has never seen an owl. Are there any, she asked? I am happy to report that … Continue reading
Eeep-peep…eeep-peep…eeep-peep… Enjoying the springlike evening air, I paused in my driveway, straining to block out the highway noises so I could focus on the subtle sounds I hoped were not simply my imagination. Could it be one of the earliest … Continue reading
Many areas of Angle Fly are infested with densely packed, spiny shrubs known as Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii). This time of year its arching branches are decorated with attractive, dangling red berries which add a spot of color to the … Continue reading
This week, I want to introduce you to another native evergreen, one that is just as graceful and often grows side by side with white pines: Tsuga canadensis, the Eastern Hemlock. Although hemlocks are also very tall, their details offer … Continue reading
Pinus stobus – the scientific name of our native White Pine has a pleasing lilt. In pre-colonial days this majestic tree grew across large portions of Eastern North America, reigning as the tallest tree in the forest. It was reputed … Continue reading