Red Clover

Wednesday, July 11, 2018,

Click on this pic. I think it’s worth it. This is a small but quite beautiful flower that we can find all over Long Island. I believe it goes largely unnoticed. Everyone sees it but I am not at all sure that they see it, if you know what I mean. Insects see it. Bees certainly see it. And when you eat Clover Honey, whether it’s in your tea or by the spoonful, you taste it. I myself will take a spoonful for a cough, but more often, I will enjoy a spoonful just because it tastes so good. JK


Young Box Turtle

Monday, July 9, 2018,

Young Box Turtle at Sweetbriar Nature Center.

This is a young Eastern Box Turtle that I came across at Sweetbriar Nature center. He – (or she; I didn’t pick it up to check for gender) – is only half grown. Finding young turtles, or indeed any young animals, always lifts my heart. It’s a sign that, despite how crowded Long Island has become and our incessant encroachment on the few natural areas remaining, that life strives on. Make no mistake, this does not mean that Long Island’s natural wildlife is doing fine because that is far from the truth, but Mother Nature is doing her best to endure. Keep it up Mom. We need you to stay strong for we are so weak and destructive. JK

Meet Romeo

Friday, June 22, 2018,

This is Romeo. Romeo is the rooster that prowls around my back yard. He is one very mellow bird, as roosters go. He’s got five hens and three brand new baby chicks, which gives him plenty to crow about. And crow he does. He makes a joyful noise unto the gods on a very regular basis. This is one proud papa. JK