• Not such an itsy bitsy spider!

    You just never know when you’re going to have a wildlife encounter. A friend of mine was enjoying a moment on his porch when he noticed movement on the wall nearby. He turned to look, and there was a very large spider looking at him. He snapped a photo and sent it to me. He

  • Dragonflies seem to be everywhere

    As I left my porch one day this week, I felt as if I had stepped into a fast paced quidditch match at Hogwarts! The air was filled with large dragonflies up and down, around and about in the air everywhere around me. I expected to see the golden snitch at any moment. The dragonflies

  • The spider preys and is prey

    An interesting mini-drama took place outside one of my windows this week. I happened to noticed a medium-sized dragonfly flapping its wings but not going anywhere. It had flown into a spider web and was caught on the tippy edge of both wings on one side. The spider was a few inches away watching. Whenever

  • Listen to the chorus of crickets!

    Listen to the sounds at night now as summer winds down and we move into fall next month. While I was camping this weekend with my grandsons near a lake in Oakland, I noticed sounds in the woods after dark made by what I think was a cricket. When I reached home on Sunday night,