Category Archives: Nature

Can it

You may have seen the headlines recently when Consumer Reports released new a study reporting BPA (Bisphenol A) levels in canned foods. Here’s a more extensive write-up of the Consumer Reports report. You may also have heard that organic companies … Continue reading

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Neighborhood twins

Until a few years ago, I never saw deer in my neighborhood, but we’ve got them now — and the family’s growing. I’ve seen these fawns many times while out walking my dog. Took this pic out of my office … Continue reading

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Longhorn beetle

Only I’m not sure which one. Anybody know? Definitely Cerambycidae, based on the body shape, showiness, length of the antennae, etc., but this particular one’s not in my copy of Petersen’s field guide to NA insects, and I can’t find … Continue reading

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Frost advisory tonight

I can remember as a kid that May 31st was considered the safe “frost free” date for planting gardens. That was in Chenango County though. Here near Lake Ontario, where the elevation is also considerably lower, it’s Zone 6, not … Continue reading

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Pileated Woodpecker in my backyard

Okay, excuse me while I flip out — but I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen one of these guys — then this afternoon, didn’t I walk out my back door and see a Pileated … Continue reading

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be ye therefore wise as serpents . . .

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Stopping by to chat, I guess

I’m working! But I couldn’t resist trying for this pic :-) I usually compress files a bit more but he lost too much of his definition when I did — sorry if the image loads kinda slow . . .

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Eye-spotted Ladybug

I haven’t found one of these since I was a kid . . . Isn’t it gorgeous? Most the ladybugs we see anymore are non-native species that were imported by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture in the 70s to control … Continue reading

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This would work too, and it’s cheaper

Glenn Reynolds has been advocating the adoption of flex-fuel technology for our cars. The basic idea is that if our cars could run on ethanol and methanol as well as gasoline, we’d reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The cost … Continue reading

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I have (ahem) composted . . . my lawn

Well, part of my lawn. It turns out I didn’t order enough compost. Here it is scattered in its little piles. Next step: I had to rake it all to spread it — or more precisely, knock it off the … Continue reading

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