Archive for the 'Wildlife and Nature' Category

Pond Stalking

From almost the first day we arrived here, there’s been an enormous waterbird stalking our pond — no doubt because we have an abundance of these: Or should I say, we had an abundance. Daily visits to the smorgasbord have reduced the supply rather markedly. He’s a Great Blue Heron. And he’s been driving me [...]


I’ve spent much of the last week reflecting. On my mother, on me, on our relationship… The deeper I look, the more clarity I find. However painful it all is.

What is this?

And what’s it doing on my New Hampshire pond? It looks like a sandpiper to me, but I thought they were beach birds. Anybody? Update:  This is, I believe, a Solitary Sandpiper.  Cool!

Familiar Feathered Friends

When we arrived in New Hampshire in early June, one of the first sounds I heard was the inimitable arguing of hummingbirds.  I can hardly tell you how happy I was to find them here, since they’re one of my favorite photography subjects (though they can be tough to shoot!). Did you know that hummingbirds [...]


We have a beautiful Duranta bush in our backyard.  Since it’s right off the patio, and is covered with small purple flowers, the hummingbirds absolutely love it — so much so that I haven’t even put feeders out this year as I’ve had to do in years past. Just as well, cuz feeders are fine, [...]