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  • Dragonfly
    More trees
    We’re losing our canopy and we can always use more trees. At 97 degrees today, trees were salvation from the sunshine. The hike was around Turkey Run. Instead of climbing down and up the hill trails, the chosen route was more around the...
  • Fig preserves
    Have an abundant crop of figs? Get cooking to preserve for eating later.
    It is that time of year again for the first crop of figs to ripen and it seems that they all ripen at pretty much the same time. If you can’t find enough family, neighbors or friends to eat up the abundant harvest then it is time to get...
  • Oz on Film, Part One Hundred and Twenty-two: Ayşecik In and Out of Danger
    Oz on Film, Part One Hundred and Twenty-two: Ayşecik In and Out of Danger
    Onward travel girl, dog, straw man, metal man, and great cat. The Cüceler appear, unseen by the quintet, but showing us viewers that they are keeping an eye on them, and vanish again. The group moves cautiously through a dark forest, warned by the...
  • Hollywood Undead at Trees
    Hollywood Undead packs the house at Trees
    Since their formation a decade ago, Hollywood Undead has built a devoted fanbase with their youth-oriented lyrics and rap-rock sound. Coming off an appearance at Rock in Rio USA two days prior, they returned to a more intimate setting Monday night...
  • Flower pots
    Essential way to start Monday morning
    Essentials include exercise, communing with nature and sustenance.Today’s hike began as a clean slate, that is without an idea about what the theme story might be. What are the possibilities?For one possibility, things are falling from the...
  • Tall trees at Turkey Run
    Why trees fall
    Mary Knudson teaches health and science writing at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She wrote an article published by Scientific American a few years ago that answers why trees topple in a storm.While hiking this morning at Turkey Run, I came...
  • Dogwood
    Sea of green
    Today was warm, dry, and sunny, with a wisp of breeze that kept the insects at bay, mostly. Of course, wearing ample Deep Woods insect repellent helped a good deal too.Usually, while hiking in the forest, I try to stay as quiet as I can as to have...
  • Greater Philadelphia: Arboretums to celebrate Arbor Day
    Greater Philadelphia: Arboretums to celebrate Arbor Day
    Arbor Day, the last Friday of April, has been celebrated since 1872. This annual celebration of trees may be well appreciated by visiting some of our areas most exquisite tree collections, established and maintained for more than a century. Here...
  • Taking care of our world-Earth Day 2015
    Taking care of our world-Earth Day 2015
    The truth is there are many stories of different species helping one another to a happy ending in a serious situation. http://www.cracked.com/article_20054_7-true-stories-animals-rescuing-people-from-certain-death And we have many stories of...
  • Planting puddles of shade -Growing Evergreens on the Eastern Plains
    Planting puddles of shade -Growing Evergreens on the Eastern Plains
    Planting trees around your home has a variety of benefits to you and your home; adding value, wild life habitat, providing wind protection, snow fences and puddles of shade.Evergreens are used on the Eastern Plains of Colorado where there are very...
  • dormant peach tree
    Prune Fruit Trees While Dormant
    After centuries of breeding for abundant production of unnaturally large fruit, deciduous fruit trees have become dependent on specialized pruning while they are dormant through winter. Without pruning, most eventually become overgrown and...
  • sugar maple
    Maples, the trees that can make you happy and healthier
    Almost everyone knows maple trees produce some very sweet food, maple syrup and maple sugar. While there are species of maples native to Europe and Asia, only North Americans made maple syrup or sugar from their sap. It may be because the maples...
  • sasafras
    Eating and medicating with Sassafras trees
    Sassafras is a small tree native to North America with orange brown bark and oddly shaped, mitten like leave which vary in shape from leaf to leaf. The leaves have a delicious spicy smell when crushed. The trees produce inconspicuous greenish...
  • Trees are a part of life
    3 reasons we're all like trees
    You might not believe it but trees and people have a few things in common.Trees and you depend on outside resources. Trees are not self sufficient. They need need help to survive, help from outside sources. Tree take the CO2 from the atmosphere...
  • Winter shrub damage
    Changeable weather causes damage to trees and shrubs
    Maryland’s changeable weather can cause harm to landscaping plants as the temperatures quickly go from freezing to thawing. In this state we say, “If you don’t like the weather wait a few minutes and it will change.” That...
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