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Naturalist Notebook

Reviews and journal entries inspired by nature in West Central Illinois.
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Rocking by Cindy Owsley

Posted by Christopher Enroth - Poem

Rocking By Cindy Owsley Sitting in my rocking chair in front of an expanse of glass that looks out into the woods. A thermal cup with hazelnut coffee much too weak, white and sweet for a true connoisseur. My calico companion sits on the sill with an enthusiasm equal to but much different than mine. I suspect she...

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Peace by Cindy Owsley

Posted by Christopher Enroth - Poem

Peace By Cindy Owsley The need to be alone nearly equaled the need for a close friend's hug and so it seems that inertia prevailed.   I packed multiple armloads of hackberry all split and dried into the cold cabin and started a fire in the woodstove.   It was seasonably warm for la...

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Coyote Rose Moore-2019

A Path Well Traveled

For many years now, it has been a regular routine of mine to walk the many trails on our property on a daily basis. It doesn't matter what the time of year. In the depths of winter and height of summer, these trails reveal nature's wonders to me at all times. We established walking trails about 12 years ago when we first acquired the property. At first, they were short trails because mo...

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Reflections

Reflections

The year is coming to a close now and outdoor tasks are winding down as cooler weather moves in. The summer birds have gone to their winter homes and the chickadees, juncos, woodpeckers, and cardinals dominate the bird feeders. I delight in seeing these birds as much as their summer counterparts. My morning walks bring different experiences in the world that has changed its colors now.As the le...

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Pumpkin Time

Pumpkin Time

Autumn is a magical time of the year. Suddenly, as the air becomes crisp, the trees and other vegetation take on new and brilliant colors previously hidden in a green haze. It is one of my favorite times of the year. Even though it means an eventual end to the growing season, it still holds many surprises and rewards for a gardener. For many years now I have been growing pumpkin...

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Dont Forget to Look Up

Don't Forget to Look Up!

Most of the time, while doing my daily walks, I will be observing things from my height and perspective which is pretty close to the ground. However, many surprises have occurred to me over the last year because I have on occasion – looked up! Each day I have my binoculars handy in case I hear or see something that is unfamiliar. Always on the lookout for a glimpse of the wildlife. Ofte...

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Us

Posted by Amanda Christenson - Poem

Stepping out of my street clothes Into the not quite warm enough water Of the frog people who sang of desire In the unique way of their kin.   The Chorus Frogs The Bull Frogs The Leopard Frogs The Green Frogs   Others competing for the attention Of a lady, perhaps seen, perhaps not. The persistent so...

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