Category: Nature

Widow Skimmer, photo by Wanda Koepf

Widow Skimmer

It’s a wonder that one of the world’s most spectacular and strongest flying insects begins life as a dingy, sinister-looking aquatic larva.  Dragonflies undergo incomplete metamorphosis; there is no pupal stage,...

Swallowtail Butterfly Larva - Photo by Lauren Tingco

How Black Swallowtail Butterflies Overwinter

If you thought Monarch Butterflies were tough, then check out our local Swallowtail Butterflies. The caterpillar in the photo might overwinter as pupa in a chrysalis near the host plant....

American Goldfinch, photo courtesy of Gary Kramer, USFWS

Goldfinch Season

While most observers think of fall as the season for asters, goldenrods and maples, I consider it goldfinch season. This is the time of year when these handsome yellow birds...

Adult Giant Swallowtail. Photo by Celeste Morien

A Stunning Giant Swallowtail

A Giant Swallowtail nectared this week at our Monarda (bee balm or bergamot). This impressive primarily dark brown and yellow swallowtail wasn’t often seen or seen at all around Western...

Fungi on the Kanyoo Trail - photo by Karin Johnson

On the Power of Poetry

Poetry speaks to the imagination, to the heart. When a poet walks in nature, she doesn’t just look …. she sees; she slows down long enough to experience the awe...