Cherry Blossoms

How many, many things They call to mind These cherry blossoms! ~Matsuo Basho Japan-Guide.com In Basho's home country of Japan there are over one hundred varieties of cherry trees. The most popular cherry tree in Japan is known as Somei Yoshino.  The Somei Yoshino was heavily cultivated in Tokyo during the Edo Period, which is... Continue Reading →

Wild Strawberries

I remember the first time I noticed wild strawberries. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was pulling weeds from the flower bed that ran along the fence line. My gaze was focused on the dirt and I was removing everything that didn't look like Lupines. The clovers and grasses had taken over this part... Continue Reading →

Marsh Marigold

The flowering of the Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is another sign of spring! These bright yellow flowers are a part of the buttercup family and bloom in our neighborhood around the end of April or beginning of May. As you can tell by the name, the Marsh Marigold likes to grow in wet areas. Their... Continue Reading →

Emerging Ferns

My early morning walks are great for shifting my perspective about my neighborhood. What may seem mundane in the daylight, is unique and full of mystery in the darkness. On a recent walk, I was struck by the beauty of the unfurling fiddleheads and took their photos by the light of my headlamp. I am... Continue Reading →

Wilson’s Snipe

When I was as a young boy there was this thing we did at night called a Snipe Hunt.  A Snipe Hunt is where  you headed into the woods after dark looking to see, or catch, a Snipe.  Part of the challenge with this “hunt” was that no one knew what a Snipe was or... Continue Reading →

5/2 Nature Connection Journal Update

Last week I introduced a new feature to my page called My Nature Connection Journal. It turns out it is a little harder to keep this up-to-date than I expected. Nevertheless, I added 18 birds, 1 new animal, and 7 new plants. One of the highlights from this week was finally being able to make... Continue Reading →

Crow vs Raven

Getting to know the birds in your neighborhood is a great way to start connecting with nature. Bird watching has seen an increase in popularity during the pandemic and there are a lot of resources out there to get you started. Bird identification apps such as ibird Pro, or websites such as Audubon.org, can provide... Continue Reading →

My Nature Connection Journal

I am introducing a new feature to this site! My Nature Connection Journal is a bit of an experiment. The Journal is an attempt to track all my first encounters with non-human species throughout the year starting on April 22, 2021. My hope is to have an extensive list of birds, animals, and plants with... Continue Reading →

Earth Day 2021- Earth Day Toolkits

EARTHDAY.ORG’s theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. In this way, the theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change. It is up to each and every one... Continue Reading →

Conscious Nature by Josh Lane

"If one takes the view that all of life is Sacred and connected to the Great Mystery, then all of Nature becomes a doorway to the Infinite" Josh Lane, Conscious Nature Josh Lane is a nature mentor with a diverse background that includes yoga, meditation practices, holistic tracking, bird language and wilderness skills. Conscious Nature:... Continue Reading →

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