Sunday, August 28, 2011


A garden waterfall this summer . . . .

Friday, August 26, 2011

American Cranberry

An explosion this year of high bush cranberries, viburnum trilobum, it is actually a viburnum and a noted woodland garden planting.

Friday, August 19, 2011


This image of Frederick E. Church's Niagara Falls' Horseshoe Falls was painted in 1857. He also painted American Falls. A member of the Hudson River School of painters led by Thomas Cole, Church's Niagara paintings are held by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. Corcoran, also a college, is an amazing resource. As neighbors of Niagara, its majestic power is worth a regular visit.

Friday, August 5, 2011

World Butterfly Conservation

The Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, sometimes called the "milkweek butterfly," is an amazing looking caterpiller. Will these butterflies overwinter at the Mariposa Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in the cloud-forested mountains of central Mexico? If so, they prefer to gather around a certain fir tree . . . Abies religiosa . . . .