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Thanksgiving walk in Spring Creek Canyon

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:50:52 +0000

They call this place Fisherman's Paradise. The fish must look forward to winter as a respite from all the fly fishermen.



Lime kilns

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:37:41 +0000

I was at Canoe Creek State Park in central Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening for our local Audubon society‘s annual picnic. After supper, most of us stuck around for a stroll, […]



Snyder-Middleswarth Natural Area, 2012: life after death

Mon, 04 Jun 2012 02:45:48 +0000

The last time I visited the old-growth stand of eastern hemlocks at Snyder-Middleswarth Natural Area, in central Pennsylvania’s Bald Eagle State Forest, the hemlocks were succumbing to a wooly adelgid […]



Protecting the environment from the Department of Environmental Protection

Thu, 22 Sep 2011 02:39:03 +0000

Watch on YouTube So as luck would have it, the Juniata Valley Audubon Society‘s first lawsuit is happening under my watch as president — this despite the fact that in […]



Flirting with toxicity

Fri, 27 May 2011 15:29:41 +0000

As I drank my coffee this morning, an odd, almost repulsive idea occurred to me: wouldn’t it be awesome — or something — to interview people who hate me or […]



Woodrat Podcast 27: Harold C. Myers, a kid from the Vulcan

Fri, 05 Nov 2010 20:48:05 +0000

Harold C. Myers (1914-2003) was my maternal grandfather, A.K.A. Pop-pop. Today I present part of an interview my brother Steve tape-recorded in 1997, subsequently digitized by Jeff Suydam. Pop-pop’s description […]


Media Files:
http://shadowcabinet.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/episode-27-pop-pop.mp3




The shining season

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:19:27 +0000

With most of the leaves down, the woods are filled once again with light. Closer to the ground, blackberry canes are still in their autumnal glory, and under the oaks, […]



Return to The Hook

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 04:54:11 +0000

The last time I visited The Hook, the hobblebush and painted trilliums were in bloom. It was mid-May. My hiking buddy L. and I parked on the south edge of […]



Back to School

Wed, 03 Sep 2008 01:13:14 +0000

(image) I enter town by an alley off the railroad adjoining the parking lot for G&R Excavating and Demolition -- "The Professional Homewreckers," they call themselves. "No Job to Big or Small." Walking into town on a quiet Sunday morning to use my sister-in-law's computer, my route takes me along the railroad tracks and under I-99, where the 35-year-old overpass is undergoing extensive reconstruction. Workers have wrapped the massive steel girders with chainlink fence and covered that with burlap. It reminds me of a pupating caterpillar, the difference being of course that when it emerges from its chrysalis it will still be a highway bridge. I glance back at the end of our mountain, and see that it's topped by a wisp of cloud that belies its diminuitive elevation: the sun-struck forest exhaling into the crisp morning air.



Black Moshannon

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:52:28 +0000

If you can’t see the slideshow, or if you’re on dial-up, go here. Gnarled stumps of pine trees cut down a century earlier jut from the tannic waters of Black […]