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January 7, 2019

All of us have our every-day grind in life. Unending daily responsibilities and commitments that you just have to plow through. But sometimes, perhaps rarely, something unexplained happens that epitomizes years, maybe decades, of your cumulative day-to-day efforts. Recently, I had one such event. 

January 3, 2019

White pine was originally a key player in the Great Lakes and New England ecosystems. A few little outliers of them also spilled westward into what became northeast Iowa. I know of no evidence that it grew around here in southeast Iowa, within the last millennia. 

December 31, 2018

Sparrows, those nondescript little brown birds that are the bane of a casual birder, are both omnipresent and ignored. They are not renowned for beautiful plumage or graceful songs, and in fact are presented as the very embodiment of the common and the lowly–the fall of one sparrow demonstrating the minute and omnipresent attention of God in the Bible, for example. 

December 20, 2018

Many people, who are interested in watching/documenting/hunting wild animals, improve their odds of success by wearing camouflage. Camo can also be turned into interesting children’s games and challenges, especially if they make their own camo. Pattern over color – For many creatures, shapes and patterns are at least as important as colors for them to discern whether you are an object of concern. 

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