Field Notes: Opinion – Words Versus Worth in Nature

Language is a powerful tool in shaping perception - perhaps one of the most effective. I've been told that my tea cabinet is full of ‘weeds’, which leads me to reply that the word what a 'weed' is, is in the eye of the beholder.  It means a plant devoid of value, something to be [...]

Field Notes: Naturalist – Adirondack Reflection

It's been a few weeks since I've returned from the Adirondacks. While my arrival home was certainly welcome, the trip provided me with a sense of rejuvenation and clarity I had not felt for some time. There's nothing like sleeping in your own den, but I'd be lying if I said my body didn't long [...]

Field Notes: Plant Portraits – Spring

I've gotten in the habit of snapping pictures of plants I see around the city to help myself become more aware of physical differences between species. The more I do it the more I notice them - and the better I get at identifying familiar faces. Here are a few I really thought were pretty [...]

Field Notes: Urban Spring Chorus

There are some things that never change, no matter where you live - even though my apartment is in a relatively industrial area, around the corner from a seemingly endless stretch of warehouses, the cacophony of spring still reaches my bedroom in the morning. I think this is probably true of most people’s houses - [...]