Category: Nature

Some spider!

Charlotte has become not only a friend, but a subject of intense fascination. I have now had the privilege of viewing many of her habits including building a new web, consuming the old web for valuable protein, wrapping up prey and carrying it to her hiding place, snoozing all day under a branch, and even shooting out silk from her...

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Charlotte, the orb-weaver

Meet Charlotte, the half dollar-sized orb-weaver spider I’ve been watching for a few days. Every night she gets to work building a web over a foot in diameter, connected by long anchor filaments, including one attached to my roof over 7-ft away. One morning I awoke to find her wrapping up an early caught honey bee, and then dragging the...

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Tsunami

Dublin the Dog and I braved the beach while others remained hidden away in upper level apartments or at higher elevations throughout Ventura, after heeding weather warnings of a potential tsunami slamming the Pacific coast. After all, a little tsunami is no match for Hurricane Samara who has already left a trail of destruction wherever she’s been. So I figured,...

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Serendipity

My garden has always been a place of rest, recovery, and salvation for me, but it plays an even greater role for the many creatures that fly, crawl, or scurry about within its boundaries. One of the major draws is the Celtic birdbath that provides a daily offering of fresh water for drinking and bathing. It is this birdbath –...

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At second glance

Those eyes. They know things. They’re attached to a tiny being who’s been so many places and seen so much. He has a heartbeat. He has a life. He’s even quite beautiful in his own special way. Yet, most of the time, we would just swat him away and consider him a mere annoyance. Maybe if we looked closer and...

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New beginnings

The moon is a master at accepting change. She has no choice. With every passing day she is either closer to darkness or closer to light…depending on her mood. She doesn’t have to console herself with trite pacifiers such as “the only constant is change” or “time stops for no one.” She knows that her life cycle is beyond her...

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Good grief!

Will someone please explain the true meaning behind the phrase “good grief”? And please, don’t emphasize the fact that Charlie Brown mutters it on a regular basis as justification for its meaning. If ever an oxymoron existed, it would be in the use of these two words together. This is especially true if used to describe today’s happenings in Hummingbird-ville....

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Time marches on, but where does it go?

The hummingbabies turned two weeks old yesterday. In hummingbird time they’ve already lived approximately 1.2 percent of their lives, as the average lifespan of these tiny, winged acrobats is a mere three years. But do they themselves think it’s “mere”?  Or is it just long enough to do what they need to do… possibly several times over? For instance, once...

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Every little moment

With all the excitement of the hummingbird discovery yesterday, I quickly shoved aside my original idea to relay my experience of a half-hour spent with a busy bee. So here I am, revisiting a topic that might not be as interesting as the soon-to-be arrival of two miniature birds, but still a topic worth sharing because of its philosophical underpinnings. ...

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