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Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Nonfiction Writers Dig Deep

I’m honored to be included in this groundbreaking look at the process of creating nonfiction.

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Queen Anne’s Lace: Why the Purple?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in flowers, summer, Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Queen Anne’s Lace: Why the Purple?

What is the purpose of the purple flower in the center of Queen Anne’s lace? The answer is: no one knows. Maybe it’s a target for pollinators.

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Royal Beauty: Marie Antoinette…and Poison Ivy?

Posted by on Sep 23, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Royal Beauty: Marie Antoinette…and Poison Ivy?

Poison ivy was once an admired and sought-after garden plant, grown in gardens like Versailles and Buckingham Palace, as a beautiful American specimen.

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Science Outdoors: Close Encounters

Posted by on Sep 20, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

Science Outdoors: Close Encounters

I write about the adventures waiting to be had nearby. My books are set close to home to open the possibilities of real-life nature exploration in every child’s environment.

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Slugs and Fireflies

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Slugs and Fireflies

Firefly larvae are carnivorous. Slugs are a favorite item on their menu. If you want a summer night filled with fireflies, you have to welcome slugs.

 

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A Goldenrod Safari

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 1 comment

A Goldenrod Safari

A hungry predator crawls through a leafy jungle. Slow cautious movements make no sound. The well-camouflaged predator waits, motionless. Powerful forelegs stretch wide to grab its unwary prey. Beware the goldenrod jungle! A single goldenrod plant is a complex habitat, the leaves, stems, and flowers providing food and shelter for a bewildering variety of strange, hidden creatures. Spiders, insects of all shapes and sizes, even birds use the goldenrod plant as a hunting ground, preying on the thousands of species that come to drink the nectar or eat the leaves. Tiny dramas of life and death...

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