Owls and evergreens

  I’m not much of a fan of winter but I do have a very soft spot for owls. I don’t think I need to explain why- you all get it. They’re flying sorcerers, the stuff of other worlds, the perfect (confounding!) union of lots of beauty and lots of deadly tools to dispatch little […]

Behold, the oak (and beech)

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in General

  Here we are, on the cusp of November. In the Catskills our leaves are long gone. The lurid striped maples and flaming ash last only¬†a week or two up against mountain winds and cold nights that get colder quickly. Gaze out across a barren hillside and you will still see a colorful thing or […]

Forest health in the Catskills

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Science, The Catskills

As the smaller of two forest preserves in New York, the Catskills doesn’t often get all the attention it deserves. A few years ago,however, we got lucky. A research arm of the US Forest Service targeted the Catskills to do a few fly-overs using NASA technology (think planes with lasers) to help map forest health. […]

Plants and Winter

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in General

It may at appear, at least on the surface, that winter and plants don’t go together. Fact is, millions of years of evolution have made plants the virtuosos of cold weather. Prior to the deep freeze plants employ a number of tactics to keep their tender parts safe, including accumulating solutes in their tissues, manufacturing […]

Dreams of spring

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Gardening
Dreams of spring

We’re only half way through January, and the garden is already on my mind. First on the list of ‘must-haves’ is a magnolia- and not just any magnolia- a native magnolia. ‘Moon Glow’ is touted as one of the hardiest magnolias on the market, plus it has all the hallowed trademarks of a real honest […]