Snake in the Grass

A narrow fellow in the grass
Occasionally rides;
You may have met him, -did you not?
His notice sudden is.

The grass divides as with a comb,
A spotted shaft is seen;
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on.

-Emily Dickinson, Snake


One day back in June, I had been lurking around my pond, photographing dragonflies. As I headed back […]

Dancin’ Through the Milky Way

There are many advantages to living here in the Ozarks (and a few disadvantages, too—I’m looking at you, CenturyLink, you and  your crappy broadband), but there’s one that most folks who live here never consider. In a world filled with light pollution, we still have dark skies, at least over large swathes of the Ozarks.


Roadside Raptor: Bald Eagle I

Early one morning a couple of Decembers ago, Dayna and I were on our way to Otter Slough. Just east of Ellsinore, where Highway 60 crosses Cane Creek for the second time, Dayna spotted this guy on the south side of the road, keeping watch on the creek below.



Today was the first day of November and it was absolutely gorgeous—seventy degrees with a light breeze and enough clouds to make the sky interesting. I drove into town to pick up a few things from the grocery store and decided to take the scenic route back home. I passed through Big Spring, then followed Z Highway […]