Category: Nature

Two Turtle Doves

While our local inhabitants are Mourning Doves, seeing this pair on our shed roof this morning reminded me of the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” On the second day of ChristmasMy true love sent to meTwo turtle dovesAnd a partridge in a pear… Continue Reading “Two Turtle Doves”

Pennsylvania State Park War Games

For about 170 days a year (1 to 2 hours a day, 2 to 3 days per week) the Maryland Air National Guard is seeking permission to expand low level flights, with A-10 Warthogs on combat training missions over pristine Pennsylvania state parks like… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania State Park War Games”

Wildfire Worries for Ancient Trees

Photos of fire workers wrapping the ‘largest living tree on Earth’ in silver fire retardant foil got me thinking, and worrying, about the awe-inspiring trees we saw during our visit to the ‘Avenue of the Giants‘ in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in northern California,… Continue Reading “Wildfire Worries for Ancient Trees”

Lightning Bugs Are Back

While some call them Fireflies or Glowworms, we’ve always called them Lightning Bugs. Here in southwestern Pennsylvania they seem synonymous with the 4th of July, for the timing of their annual nocturnal appearance. True to form, it was nice to see their blinking yellow… Continue Reading “Lightning Bugs Are Back”

Fracking Setbacks

As more peer- reviewed health studies are completed around unconventional gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the United States, more mothers, doctors, and local citizens are calling for greater setbacks from these industrial- grade activities that are used to drill and frac Marcellus Shale… Continue Reading “Fracking Setbacks”

On Deaf Ears

My persistent efforts, and extensively researched comments, were shared with our Washington County commissioners over the past decade, and did nothing to prevent our premiere county park from being used as a ‘cash cow’ to produce revenue, from oil and gas drilling and fracking.… Continue Reading “On Deaf Ears”

Stop and Look

Nature holds many wonders that can be enjoyed without technicalities. It’s really not necessary for someone to know that brilliant fall foliage is on a Maple tree, for them to enjoy the bright, contrasting colors. Only to those studying horticulture, or desiring to plant… Continue Reading “Stop and Look”