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  • Soaring through the summer heat

    It was hot out, but not so hot that if I held my arms out to my side to cool and tilted my head to look up at the sky, I could see a lone turkey vulture soaring high above the creek valley fields, and think that I felt just a wee bit cooler.
  • The fish jumped out
    I was not quite ready to give up on the experiment. If the rice could grow tall enough to shade the water, then the temperature might not get so hot. The fish could survive and the rice could grow.
  • The fish jumped out
    I was not quite ready to give up on the experiment. If the rice could grow tall enough to shade the water, then the temperature might not get so hot. The fish could survive and the rice could grow.
  • Changing perspective
    I look down the line of hives and watch as a steady stream of bees returns to each hive entrance. It looks as though only a few bees are still venturing out. It is getting late in the day. The sun is slipping over the hill behind the cabin.
  • Experimental farming
    On a summer evening, if I shine my flashlight through the trees around the edges of the fields, I can see thousands of pairs of small eyes glinting back at me. Hungry tree frogs are wonderful neighbors, indeed.
  • Experimental farming
    On a summer evening, if I shine my flashlight through the trees around the edges of the fields, I can see thousands of pairs of small eyes glinting back at me. Hungry tree frogs are wonderful neighbors, indeed.
  • Mourning dove
    I have always imagined that the pretty gray bird had gotten its name from the fact that it called its “who hoo, hoo hoo” in the early morning hours.
  • Mourning dove
    I have always imagined that the pretty gray bird had gotten its name from the fact that it called its “who hoo, hoo hoo” in the early morning hours.
  • Past and present
    I felt a part of the creek valley, I had shared a wonderful partnership with my husband, and I knew that we were both an ever so small part of a tradition that we have only just begun to learn.
  • Past and present
    I felt a part of the creek valley, I had shared a wonderful partnership with my husband, and I knew that we were both an ever so small part of a tradition that we have only just begun to learn.
  • Swarm catchers
    Greg and I knew that swarms rarely linger longer than 24 hours, and we did not really know how long this one had been there, so we knew that it was important to get right to work.
  • Swarm catchers
    Greg and I knew that swarms rarely linger longer than 24 hours, and we did not really know how long this one had been there, so we knew that it was important to get right to work.
  • Survival of the 'road toads'
    I inched the car forward, dodging toads, going from one side of the road to the other, and sometimes having to straddle several of the diminutive creatures. 
  • Survival of the 'road toads'
    I inched the car forward, dodging toads, going from one side of the road to the other, and sometimes having to straddle several of the diminutive creatures. 
  • Day well done
    We sat on the porch swing and watched the rooster lead his flock back down to the chicken coop. It looks as though this rooster has lived to welcome in another day with his morning calls. I wondered, perhaps tomorrow he would leave us alone. 
  • Day well done
    We sat on the porch swing and watched the rooster lead his flock back down to the chicken coop. It looks as though this rooster has lived to welcome in another day with his morning calls. I wondered, perhaps tomorrow he would leave us alone. 
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