Monthly Archives: July 2012

Petrichor and Geosmin

June was, as I am sure everyone remembers, a very dry month here in Western Pennsylvania, and the weeks of heat and drought continued for many of us until the middle of July. Our lawns stopped growing and turned brown,… Continue reading

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Fledges

In spite of the drought and hot weather, this has been a good summer for bird watching and bird reproduction. Our front yard from dawn to dusk is full of birds not only because of the sunflower seeds and shelled… Continue reading

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Hummingbirds

We first spotted our hummingbird in mid-June just as the bee balm in the front flowerbed started to bloom. “Hubert” was a gray-green blur hovering in and around the bright red flowers. We put the binoculars by the front window… Continue reading

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Poison Ivy and Berries

Five weeks ago I was out in my black raspberry patch picking the berries that every year Deborah makes into jam. Usually the raspberries are ready in late June, but this “Summer in March” year had sped up the flowering… Continue reading

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