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Bucking up for Winter

I was up at five-thirty and glad to see there still wasn’t any snow on the ground. Not quite ready for it yet, I guess. My glee was short-lived when it started snowing around six thirty. I got the bird feeders squared away, then stood in the kitchen window to see who were among the first …

November 26th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail, Featured Post  |  2 Comments


The Mighty Mississippi Provides for All

There was a definite chill in the air Monday morning and I wasn’t surprised to see frost on the ground. A bright full moon shone the night before with not a cloud in the sky, so I figured I might see frost the next morning. Here we are in the second week of November and …

November 14th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


Still Waiting (Patiently) for the Deep Freeze

It was the first week of November and still the weather was nice to us—a little cooler, with one night dropping into the high teens, but it warmed up into the forties during the day. More rain would be nice. I know the water table is low when the ponds and backwaters in the river …

November 11th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail, Featured Post


October is Out Like a Lamb

Ah, another beautiful October week came to a lovely close. It’s all I could ask of this autumn month as far as the weather goes. It’s been comfortably warm with temperatures in the sixties with a little rain and lots of sunshine. It was a good week to get things done before the cold sets …

November 5th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


Color, Peace of Autumn Lingers

So far, October has been very kind with temperatures staying between fifty and sixty degrees during the day and in the forties at night. A few crickets and katydids are still singing their courtship songs at night and a few brown bats may be seen searching the evening skies for insects. There are still some …

October 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


A Sunny, Feathered Summer Encore

Such utterly fantastic weather this week—a perfect encore for summer. Sunshine and temperatures around eighty degrees made it pretty hard not to be outside doing something. There is plenty to do around the yard and gardens besides the other things that need to be done before winter. Even with so much work to do, I …

October 6th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


Autumn Colors My World

The weather has been cool and damp the last couple of weeks. The landscape was still mostly green with a spattering of autumn color, but following the first frost on the sixteenth followed by days of sunshine, the green quickly began to turn to gold, red, orange and yellow; the Kickapoo valley began to show …

September 26th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


The Last Butterfly

It’s been cool, so a fire in the wood stove is my best friend again. There was light rain on and off this week, with temps between fifty-five and seventy degrees during the day, dipping into the forties at night. The goldfinch gathered at the tops of the tall sunflowers, the black seeds ripe and ready …

September 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail  |  1 Comment


Summer is Fading

The signs of autumn are more and more apparent with each passing day. Some of those changes seem to be coming a little early this year. Most of the summer songbirds have already left the area. There are still some goldfinches gathering in flocks and taking advantage of the many sunflowers that are going to …

September 16th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


It’s Not the Heat…

Right on cue, the heat and humidity came to the Kickapoo Valley in typical August fashion. It sure makes those of us without air conditioners slow down to keep comfortable. All outside work is finished before the temperature soars to 90 plus degrees. Heating water to wash dishes is also something you want to do …

September 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail


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Dan is a student in Mother Nature's grand university, where he attends classes daily. For at least 40 years, he has studied, transcribed, illustrated and photographed the truth in her lessons and the persistent worry in her eye. From his cozy Wisconsin den—a salvaged civil-war-era one-room school, grown old in the cradle of towering hills—he tugs on your sleeve. Dan has been in the Organic Valley family since 1989.