Anytime I see a newt, I think of the newt scene from Matilda. It is definitely not a snake (sorry Ms. Trunchbull), and if in doubt, can be distinguished by the fact that it has legs. Came across this old photo, with its splash of color, to counteract the mounds of grimy snow that frame the […]
There’s a wealth of wildlife creeping and crawling and flapping and swimming and bobbing and sunning right under our noises. We usually miss it, buried in cellphones or power walking around slow strollers or just noticing the pigeons. The headliners were harbor seals, but for me the scene-stealers were the birds (loons in winter plumage! […]
Keeping an eye out for winter visitors, like this little guy I spotted today. Something about the little white bib makes me feel like inviting these melodic hopping creatures over for dinner.
Due to a nagging hip injury, I have been turned away from hiking and turned towards bird-watching, which is really long periods of walking punctuated with focused periods of excitement. I’m amazed by the diversity of birds found in the five boroughs of NYC, from kingfishers to kestrels to mergansers. Their presence raises all sorts of […]
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again…who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.” (Teddy Roosevelt) It would be a […]