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It's been said that most of what we know about the universe comes to us in the form of light. But what is light?Well, that's a darned good question. Scientists have been struggling with that one for ages, and the answer seems equally puzzling. You … more
For many, the timberdoodle is a mythical creature known only through stories or accidental encounters under the cover of darkness. Hearing its bizarre sounds from newly thawed pasture or clearing, should be on everyone's "bucket list." Fortunate, … more
I don't have an iPod, but I have had pPods er, pea pods, and plan to have plenty more this year. Peas, whether garden peas, snow peas or sugar snap peas, are one of my favorite vegetables. As such, I am champing at the bit to plant peas. Since they … more
After the moon sets this week, get away from bright city lights and take a gander at a pristine rural sky.If you do this, I recommend you sit back, relax and think about what lies before you. Every light you see in the heavens is a distant sun many … more
Q: Has anyone noticed that there has been a decrease in pigeons in the area?— Concerned A: While others have noticed, and have been noticing since the late 1960s, the decline didn't cause me much concern. more
Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your … more
Tomorrow is the first day of spring and for gardeners the juices are flowing. Just be careful when you step outside for the juices may freeze. After a relatively mild February, I had hopes we'd have an early start to the gardening season, much as we … more
Q: I recently noticed something I hadn't seen before. On March 11, I saw a flock of cardinals ground feeding beneath our bird feeder in Pittsfield. There were five males and a female. Is it unusual for cardinals to flock like this?— Florian, … more
With spring thaw comes the earthworm and robin. They seem to go together, and this best known of our native birds, the adaptable and abundant American robin preys on this denizen of the earth and wherever there is soil following gentle shower or cloudburst, in woodland or meadow, lawn or garden there is the ever-present earthworm, small enough to dubbed a wiggler or large enough to be known as the fisherman's friend, the night crawler. more
Houseplants seem to be in vogue again, which is encouraging because they have a way of bringing the plant world into the hearts of those who need it most: urban dwellers, office workers and people generally short on terrain. more
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