In honor of Halloween, here is a photo of a big spider that plopped down right in front of me on a trail walk at Lake Lenexa the other day.  He was about the size of a quarter or Euro, and was busy spinning a very elaborate web.  Good thing I’m not afraid of spiders. […]

My favorite wildflower, the purple coneflower or echinacea, is a medicinal plant whose flowers can be used to make immune-system-boosting tea.  The genus name of the flower comes from the Greek word echino which means hedgehog and refers to its spiny cone.   As we approach our first freeze of the season and the cone flowers […]

Squirrels have made appearances on my blog quite a bit over the past two years.  Here are three more photos from an encounter with a squirrel, this guy busy preparing for winter. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Squirrel Photo #1.  What are you lookin’ at? Squirrel Photo #2.  Storing nuts […]

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My youngest daughter is doing a Flat Stanley project.  In case you’re not familiar with the concept, school children create a “flat” version of themselves and send them to friends and family around the world to learn about the different places, people, foods, and cultures that make this world such an interesting place.  With a […]

While I’m sad that fall means that winter is just around the corner, there are few more beautiful times to go for a trail walk than right now.  My daughter and I enjoyed crunching through the crisp, colorful leaves, collecting acorns, and watching a very photogenic squirrel plan ahead.   You Might Also Enjoy: One […]