A Walk in the Woods





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So you saw a snake

Surprise and sometimes fear is often the reaction of those who happen along these animals with scales. According to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, there…


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In living color

While the region is bathed in spring green, birds and flowers provide a change in color in spots. A pair of scarlet tanagers showed up…


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Welcome back

The past few days have seen the return of the rose-breasted grosbeaks, the baltimore orioles and the resident ruby-throated hummingbird to their respective feeders. As high as…


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Between the raindrops

  Between the raindrops there were some periods of blue sky and sunshine this past week. However, most of these periods happened while this picture…


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Images of color

Last week brought beautiful butterflies, terrific tulips and perfectly pretty posies. When the rain finally stopped, the sun came out and nature showed off her true…


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New and upcoming

  Warming temps and sunshine brought some new arrivals to both flora and fauna. Spring birds are starting to filter in as more buds preview…


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Trip to Phipps

A trip to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh during its Spring Flower Show provided a brilliant preview to the season when much of…


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Best buds

    The warming temperatures have brought out some of spring’s “best buds” over the past week. Lilacs have started putting forth leaves and the…


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Has spring sprung?

  Is it truly ever spring? It seems like as soon as the last snowflake melts, the summer heat gets switched on. The calendar marked…


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Name dropping

Snowdrops or snowflakes? That is the question. Or at least it was the subject of a story by Nancy Brachey in The Charlotte Observer. After…


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Ups and downs

The region’s weather could be described as unsettled at best. Temperatures climb and fall. Precipitation comes as rain and snow and sometimes even with a…


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Springing forward?

Recent warm weather has some spring flowers peeking out and has raised the hopes of some that spring is just around the corner. Over the…


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Clearing the creek

Recent rains and snowmelt have made the small creek difficult to cross without getting one’s feet wet. What normally is a slight stream with no…


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Winter returns

  The region saw a return to winter this past weekend and a certain Saint Bernard is thrilled with the current forecast. In fact, much…


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January Thaw?

With no snow on the ground and temperatures well above normal, area residents may wonder if this is what is called a January Thaw or…