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Natural Signs of Fall in the Blue Ridge

September 23, 2017

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    After 14 years of reporting natural events from our beloved Galax, VA, farm, we have moved to a smaller summer home on two acres. We were fortunate to find a spot that has a great deal of natural beauty and habitat diversity, close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the small university town […]

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Nature in the Blue Ridge as Summer Comes to a Close

August 30, 2017

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During the past few weeks in August I have been centered in the Blue Ridge mountains near Boone, NC but have sallied out to Galax, VA, and briefly down to the Piedmont in Gastonia, NC. The nights have been getting cooler (down to 55 F once) but the days are still sunny and warm. Most […]

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An August Nature Ramble in the Blue Ridge

August 21, 2017

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    After Margaret and I sold our 107 acre wildlife farm near Galax, VA, last November, we have been “homeless” during the summer escape from Florida heat. We are slated to close soon on a home with two acres near Boone. NC, as a replacement that will better suit our aging bodies. In the […]

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The Awesome Nature of Florida in Summer

July 24, 2017

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The very aspects of the Florida climate that motivate humans to migrate north in summer (high temperature and humidity plus often daily rainfall) make this an ideal situation for plant and animal growth. In addition the storm clouds can generate spectacular sunrises and sunsets as my photo of Lemon Bay at dawn shows. The huge […]

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Sea Turtles Rule the Beach at Manasota Key

July 16, 2017

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If you are an environmentalist you rarely have a day that lifts your spirits up if you think too much about the future, with massive increases in human population and over-utilization of planetary resources. However there is a feel-good story going on right now out at Manasota Beach. The number of sea turtle nests on […]

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