Birthdays, butterflies and beautiful places

Birthdays, butterflies and beautiful places

Today, my daughter Katherine celebrates her birthday and, though I’ve written about her before, I believe the beautiful butterfly that is emerging from her COVID-mandated cocoon deserves a special post. Katherine lives in LA, which has been locked down for almost exactly a year. Everything that drew Katherine and her friends to that city – [...]

Frozen fog and rime time in Wisconsin

Frozen fog and rime time in Wisconsin

Until Green Bay meteorologist, Justin Steinbrinck first mentioned it a three days ago, I had never heard of ice fog and I've lived through 57 winters. It sounded kind of cool to me, though, like something Jack Frost would dance through, or Alfred Hitchock would produce outside a dimly lit rear windows. Turns out, it's [...]

Sediment and rings

Sediment and rings

I wonder how our rivers will record this volatile year. What stories will they tell in the sediment they leave behind? Does the 2020 moon wax in sympathy, or wane in dismay? Will the stressed roots of this year's trees grow deeper, will their acorns offer hope? Do the tides of 2020 hurry out and [...]