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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

Schooled in Nature

It’s sure nice to hear the summer songs of the crickets again. Just last week there was not a single cricket song to be heard and now they let me know where they are hiding with each musical chirp. The weather forecast is calling for some much-needed rain and temperatures near ninety degrees, which will …

August 27th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail  |  1 Comment

Eagle Whisperer

The flower gardens have been a pleasant surprise this summer. The mixture of colors around the yard is as beautiful as ever. I’ve been weeding, but not watering as often as I used to. Since I was a boy, I’ve had a soft place in my heart for flowers. They have always enhanced my life. …

August 16th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

Spring Courtship Songs Mean Hungry Summer Mouths

The first week of August brought some beautiful summer weather but a little more rain would make it perfect. Most of the lovely courtship songs of the birds have been replaced by the (not so melodic) begging calls of new baby birds. It will be almost a year before I again hear the beautiful courtship …

August 13th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

Summertime—it’s the Berries!

It was a week of pretty nice weather, sunny and warm with a gentle breeze to take the edge off the heat. It started to get a little uncomfortable on Tuesday, when the temperature rose to around ninety degrees and there was barely a breeze until around 6 p.m. When the temperature rises to ninety …

July 31st, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

Don’t Worry, Be Happy it’s Summer!

The cool weather this past week wasn’t what we were expecting from the second week of July. There were a lot of people wearing sweaters and jackets and I was one of them. I even started a small fire in the wood stove to take the morning chill out; after all, it did get down …

July 25th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

June Gives Way to Summer

Another beautiful week here in the Kickapoo Valley, but it was a little sad to see June pass by. I loved every part of those June days from the cool foggy mornings to the often colorful sunsets. Sometimes the whole valley seems cast in a golden hue just before sunset. It’s like the sunshine settles …

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

Winged Variety in July

The summer weather this past week was very kind to the area gardeners and farmers. With plenty of sunshine and rain, things are growing, including the weeds. The farmers’ corn and bean fields are looking lush and healthy and a lot of hay that has been put into bales. There are a few pesky mosquitos …

July 9th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail

Full Moon Walk

  The second week of June was just as nice as anyone could ask for. Sunny, warm days and cool nights with a beautiful full moon. Local farmers took advantage of the good weather—make hay while the sun shines! The trout fishermen in the area have been hitting the streams and have had pretty good …

June 24th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail  |  1 Comment

Nature Comes To Me

It’s barely mid-June but the landscape looks like mid-July. Green foliage covers every foot of the ground. The grasses are lush and green; many are already in bloom or have gone to seed. The cottonwood trees are in bloom and their seeds are sent on the winds in little wafts of cotton. The ferns behind …

June 20th, 2014  |  Published in Down Natures Trail  |  1 Comment

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