All posts tagged: tree

Woodpeckers and, I hope, a hawk.

Natural world

  Annoyingly wet Spring morning, only two days into the season. The trees on the horizon look ever so slightly thicker in their bareness: the sap and the buds doing their stuff, just invisible to us yet, “us” being the largely untrained (okay, I’ve had some ornithology training by people who were just as happy to regard the plants around them if there were no birds to be had in our immediate area) passers-by or […]

Nettles in my garden


I have very recently looked at the back yard garden strip, which is just beyond our back driveway, hidden usually from our view by the wall holding up the back driveway. The strip of ground is full of nettles, the parts of it that aren’t inhabited by our neat row of ex-Christmas trees, which seem to be doing quite nicely for themselves. This is where my inappropriate anthropomorphism of other species gets me into trouble: […]

Powerlessness and power

Natural world

I must start out this blog post by admitting a thing that might make me either very popular here in Cincinnati, or, possibly, unpopular: we have electrical power at our house. Ever since Monday’s infamous “deluge” by the remnants of hurricane Ike, with huge windstorms and much power outage, the most common question around here is “Do you have power?” We came home, slowly but surely, yesterday, to find out that we did have power […]

Day of Labor.


The sun has not yet cleared an eastern hill, so that it doesn’t yet light up every tree in the yard yet, so it feels as though I’m up terribly early, and am setting some sort of awakened record. The truth is, however, any number of people are already up and at their days. Speaking of Labor Day, which I wasn’t, really, I am currently reading a book, Touchstone, which is written around the great […]

The August change

Natural world

The local trees, a few of them at any rate, like the buckeyes, which get leaves first and drop them first, are starting to change color a little bit. They are turning a paler green, in preparation for the yellows to come next month. There is definitely not the uniform lushness of deep green that there was everywhere in June. I make a point of spending hours outside, sometimes writing, usually not, in order to […]

Twitter Updates for 2008-07-24


good morning while the trees are still in shadow # @tradingnothing: they must be singularly without a sense of humor # @andrewhyde: Morning back at ya # More passive-aggressiveness oozing through the cracks of society… # what to do?… when you can do anything. # What more can you want than 4 pieces of tuna sushi for dinner? Nothing. Not even room for dessert. # Powered by Twitter Tools.