Flight Simulator School

Iceman: You two really are cowboys. Maverick: What’s your problem, Kazanski? Iceman: You’re everyone’s problem. That’s because every time you go up in the air, you’re unsafe. I don’t like you because you’re dangerous. Maverick: That’s right! Ice… man. I am dangerous.


Asian Small-Clawed Otters

Falling into the category of “way too cute” are the Asian Small-Clawed Otters in the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. As the smallest of otters of the 13 types of otters in the world, these Asian otters are guaranteed to charm the pants off of anyone. When the otters came to the National…


Ospreys on the Magothy

Along the Magothy River on the Chesapeake Bay, the Osprey have flourished in numbers. An evening cruise on the upper river passed by nests on nearly every channel marker along the way. Their teenagers were tucked in for the evening, some enjoying their supper. A curious one sat up and wiggled his head back and…

Eastern Tiger Yellowtail

A Butterfly

‘Twould ease — a Butterfly — by Emily Dickinson ‘Twould ease — a Butterfly — Elate — a Bee — Thou’rt neither — Neither — thy capacity — But, Blossom, were I, I would rather be Thy moment Than a Bee’s Eternity — Content of fading Is enough for me — Fade I unto Divinity…


Wild Columbine

Columbines by: Teresa Hooley (1888-1973) Airily poised in the garden bed, Delicate saffron, white and rose, With gossamer petals lightly spread The columbines flutter upon their toes. Wait, till the moonlight sets them free! They’ll stir, they’ll shake off the dew, they’ll go Dancing, dancing (but you’ll not see– You’ll be too busy asleep to…


They’re growing!

Although they do keep an eye on me. Azure and Celeste’s babies are indeed growing. There are four of them, and when I head down with mealworms for the family it’s a warm welcome. Whistling when I arrive, Celeste and Azure show up from nowhere and sit on Zorro and Esperanza’s platform. Watching me while…



Along with Bambi, I was jumping for joy in the early morn. Visiting Big Meadows on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, the trip was to discover fawns in all of their spotted glory. I wasn’t the only one out at dawn trolling the meadow in hopes of discovering a doe and her…

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Tweeties in the Mountains

This week’s adventure involved a trip to the mountains. Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is spectacular this time of year and it was time that I go when everything is green. For the past five years, I’ve gone with the Mountain Club of Maryland to hike Old Rag Mountain in the autumn. With the mountains…


Kissing Buddies

It was dark on the meadow. The sky heavy with clouds with the rising sun hidden behind. The bucks were out and slowing winding down from a fun evening out. A younger buck, quite friendly walked up to another buck. Cleary his kissing cousin. Big Meadows on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is known…