A Walk in the Woods

Headed for harvest

As the days grow shorter and the summer winds down, area gardens and orchards yield the fruits (and vegetables) of their gardeners’ labors. Tomatoes are…


What is a weed?

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson Or in other words, a weed is a plant…


Petals and peaches

This week more sunflowers stretched toward the sky much to the delight of some area bees; the peaches started to turn their peachy orange; and a few…


You’re yellow

While the statement “you’re yellow” is not a compliment, the color yellow seems to complement the summer season. It is evident in the blazing sun…



Of webs and wings

The hummingbird feeders remain a hotbed of activity despite a blooming garden. Misty mornings reveal hundreds of spider webs not normally noticed.      …


Horrid humidity

Heat and humidity have plagued the area over the past few days. However, the region did not suffer as bad as the Midwest. The muggy weather made…


New arrivals daily

As summer continues on more bugs, birds and blossoms come forth. Young wildlife is also out and about. Strolls around the yard, garden and woods…


Under the sun

It’s no wonder there are so many things written about the sun. It’s a big part of everyone’s day and the reason it is day in…


In the clouds

Mother Nature put on a show of her own this past holiday weekend with two brilliant sunsets. While most of us enjoy a clear blue…


A bouquet of color

Summer’s officially here and the warmer weather brings with it different flowers. The roses are flourishing; the morning glories are opening their faces to the sun; and…


Through the trees

We all know the saying “you can’t see the forest through the trees.” However, sometimes those trees can create quite a sight on their own….


Beneficial bugs

While the insects that give bugs a bad name – mosquitoes, gnats and flies – are out and about, so are the beneficial bugs like…


Bountiful blooms

Damp weather and warmer temperatures in the past week had many flowers sporting their colors. Roses, mountain laurel, irises and more produced beautiful blossoms. Mountain…


Where the water is

Last week involved a trip to Conneaut, Ohio, the Pymatuning spillway and of course the daily walks around the neighbor’s pond. The heat brought out…


A watchful eye

Wildlife always casts a watchful eye toward someone with a camera. This week the hummingbirds continued to visit, a bunny has been spotted around the…



Springing up

As the days get warmer, more animals are waking up and returning to the region. This week saw the return of the ruby-throated hummingbird, indigo bunting,…


Being green

The bright hue of spring green is coloring the landscape.           Crazy Critters Reader submitted nature and pet photos are welcome…


Blossoms and butterflies

  Warming temperatures and abundant sunshine has brought out some spring color. From violets to tulips, nature is putting on a show and providing food…