A Walk in the Woods

Ice forms on the surface of a Pinegrove Township pond.

On ice

Recent cold snaps left a skift of ice on the neighbor’s pond. A cold front over the weekend dumped nearly an inch of snow on…


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The coming cold

Red squirrels and other critters were busy preparing for the coming cold. The hemlock tree was full this weekend of birds and squirrels working to…


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Majestic maples

As the area’s autumn display winds down, there were still a few magnificent maples helping to brighten the dreary days. (There are still lots of…



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Autumn ambiance

Trees around the area showed their true colors this weekend in a brilliant display that seemed to just erupt up overnight. The Pennsylvania Department of…



A young bull elk is seen at Woodring Farm in Benezette.

Wapiti worries

An afternoon trip to Benezette had this blogger worried that the trip would be a bust. Arriving in the early afternoon, it seemed that the elk…


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A place in the sun

With their bright colors and tall prowess, it’s easy to see why sunflowers have found their place in the sun. After a little searching it turns…


Painted lady butterfly

Lots of ladies

A visit from one or possibly more painted lady butterflies to the tithonia plant prompted an internet search to find out more about the colorful…


A meadow fritillary butterfly

A little wear and tear

As the summer days wane, some of the butterflies appear a little worse for the wear with faded colors and tattered wings. But they continue…


A cabbage white butterfly

Further afield

The search for butterflies this past holiday weekend took this blogger into the neighbor’s field full of wildflowers. After this weekend’s dreary start, Labor Day…


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Thank you for your cooperation

This week brought a very cooperative ruby-throated hummingbird who stuck around for several photo opportunities. It would appear that the speedy bird is a juvenile male ruby-throated…


A fritillary butterfly feeds on some ironweed.

All in the family

The late summer wildflowers are starting to show their true colors. Those brightening up the fields and woodlands include ironweed, goldenrod and Joe-Pye weed. Some…





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Rain, rain

Rain, rain … wash the humidity away. While the region gets a break from the high humidity for a few days, the damp weather has helped the…


An orange daylily

A change of scenery

A recent visit to Heart’s Content in the Allegheny National Forest near Tidioute resulted in seeing some flora not usually seen in this blogger’s neck…


A female ruby-throated hummingbird on her nest.

A little surprised

Relying on one’s eyes only in the woods could lead to the failure to observe some of nature’s neatest surprises. While walking beside the neighbor’s…


A twelve-spotted skimmer dragonfly

Dragons of the pond

Buzzing around the neighbor’s pond are literally dozens of kinds of dragonflies and damselflies. These amazing insects can be difficult to identify especially from photographs….