July: Costa Rica 1

July 28, 2019. So,,, I’m sitting in Corner Coffeehouse in West Monroe, La., drinking black Costa Rican coffee and reveling in re-visiting a true highlight of my year. And…. since I arrived in Costa Rica in late July and left in early August, I get to do TWO posts about it! Wohoo! I went to the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rican with a handful of other photographers for a wildlife photography workshop organized by Out of Chicago™. And although I have long done a lot of creation photography… wild monkeys in their natural habitat? Not so much. I learned a…

June: New England

I don’t think I’ve been back to New England since I left graduate school at Penn in 1992. But I made it twice in June this year! That’s a good enough reason to break my own rule and post two photos for June, 2019, one to represent each trip. June 8, 2019. The Association for Episcopal Deacons assembled in Providence, RI, in early June, but on Saturday afternoon, we loaded into buses and went to Newport Beach for a few hours. Some wanted to shop. I headed straight for the Cliff Walk. What a glorious view of the Atlantic Ocean…

May: Mandala

May 18, 2019. I have been a member of the Arkansas Native Plant Society since fall 2014, and their biannual meetings are always fun, educational and highlights of my year. Although the flora and fauna of Arkansas, especially southern Arkansas, overlaps a good bit with the flora and fauna of northern Louisiana, it is not uncommon to get to see something new on one of my jaunts into Arkansas. So it was with buffalo clover. According to the North America Plant Atlas, it occurs in Louisiana, but I have never seen it here. This beauty grows on the grounds of…

April: Drummer Boy

April 4, 2019. It’s a bit of a good news, bad news story. On the one hand, my river birch is dying. That makes me sad. I have always enjoyed it’s flaky bark and filtered shade. On the other, as it dies and is infiltrated with insects, it becomes an impressive standing bird feeder. Even so, I was surprised and delighted to look out the back door and see this. Red-bellies are pretty common in my back yard. Not so much this magnificent, noisy, red-crested drummer boy. Half of the tree did not produce leaves this past year, so I…

March: Rendezvous

March 16, 2019. It’s Saturday of Louisiana Master Naturalist’s annual 3-day meeting called “Rendezvous.” This year we met in Fountainbleau State Park on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. Fountainbleau has a lot to offer naturalists. It’s also ideal habitat for cross vine (Bignonia capreolata), one of my fave native plants. I began looking for its distinctive sets of four leaves, actually two pairs of two leaves, going up the straight trunks of trees long before I saw a flower. But when I finally did see a flower? Wow! I thought immediately of Tom Wolfe’s book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake…