The trout lilies are blooming! This is a good sign that spring is really here, and a great time to go out in the woods and check out all the spring ephemerals before the mosquitoes come out. Trout lilies also provide a great opportunity to do a little bit of citizen science. The Trout Lily … Continue reading Look at Your Trout Lilies!
We found ourselves in the hospital earlier this week for Sexy's broken ankle. It was not a lot of fun—not fun at all—but it did give me the opportunity to see the results of some nature-based research in action. In the hospital room we used before and after the surgery, the wall that separated us from … Continue reading Nature Scenes and Hospital Recovery
It's well into fall now, with a thick carpet of crunchy brown leaves covering most things in the woods. We took a walk the other day, and I spent extra time looking at the small things that were hiding in plain sight near my feet. They will all be covered in snow soon. What little … Continue reading Small Things, Up Close
What's your connection like with the natural world? It can be hard to find time to get outside, even though spending time in nature has enormous benefits. The Univeristy of Minnesota website has an online assessment to help you evaluate your connection to nature so that you can identify areas where you are doing well and … Continue reading Are you spending enough time in nature?
When somebody asks you, "How are you doing?" which of these answers are you most likely to give? a) fine b) good c) busy d) crazy busy! If your answer included some form of busy, you are not alone. Here in the US, we pride ourselves on our productivity. It's good to be busy. We've developed … Continue reading Stressed out? Nature can fix that!
It's time to bring this year's garden season to an end. There's really nothing left to do inside the garden besides pick a few carrots, so I need focus the remaining weeks before snowfall on raking leaves, tending grapes, and whatever else I can manage to do to get ahead for next year. But, before I do … Continue reading 2015 Gardens in Review
How much time do you spend outside? If you're like most people—including me—it's probably not all that much. Last fall I made a small challenge for myself, code name Project Get Out, to spend a half-hour outside each day, even in crappy fall weather, which is the worst. I'm going to do it again this … Continue reading GO: Get Outside!
I haven't been backpacking in ages. In fact, it's likely that been avoiding since the last time I went backpacking for fun. That was ten years ago, when friend and I did a great 14-mile loop at the Porkies but ended up doing the entire thing in one day, instead of the two that we … Continue reading Hiking with… Pack Goats!