Spring Peepers

Image copyright Well Tea, Wikimedia

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

Japanese Barberry

Photo copyright Mike Lubchenko

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

Eastern Hemlock

Detail of watercolor painting. Copyright Lauretta Jones.

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

White Pine

Photo copyright Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service, USA

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

Tussock Sedges

Sedge copyright L Jones

Blink and you may have missed it, but for a few short days our woods were full of snow. Snow reveals many things that are otherwise hidden, offering hikers fresh experiences along the snowy trails. Animals leave traces of their … Continue reading

Eastern Skunk Cabbage

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

Whenever I find myself beaten down by the long, gray days of winter I walk through the woods looking for the first signs of spring. What I seek are the purple tips of Eastern Skunk Cabbage blossoms (Symplocarpus foetidus) melting … Continue reading

Moss

Photo Copyright Lauretta Jones

Moss is one of the most beautiful of green plants. Although mosses seem very different from garden flowers, they are all chlorophyl-containing organisms and make their own food. Perhaps because moss is tiny and mingles with mushrooms, we may think … Continue reading

Deer Rubs

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

When the lovely distraction of summer’s green or autumn’s fire-colored leaves is gone, a walk through the woods brings overlooked sights to our attention. This year, high up in many trees, you may spot long gashes where the gold-colored inner … Continue reading

Groundhogs

Photo copyright Michael Lubchenko

Spring is the season of impatient expectation while summer brings all we’d been longing for. Although Autumn may stir up bittersweet nostalgia, it also holds a queue of festivities that soften our journey to year’s end. The sweet distraction of … Continue reading

Downy Woodpecker

Photo copyright Lauretta Jones

We are fortunate in Somers to live surrounded by the natural world while also enjoying the benefits of human-made artifacts and conveniences. The slivers of woods woven between our homes cannot hold the richness of larger tracts of open space; … Continue reading