You like tomato and I like tomahto

Regardless of how you pronounce it, my tomato plants have been beyond prolific so far this summer. In the last seven days, I’ve eaten somewhere around 23 tomatoes and given away more than that. I feel a bit like Cool Hand Luke. (Nobody could eat 50 eggs.) There are all sorts of suggestions online as […]


The largest member of the crow family, the subject of an Edgar Allan Poe poem and a good Halloween decoration, ravens seem to be more and more numerous lately. I’ve spotted them in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a place of high, forested ridges where you would expect to see or hear the dusky, large birds. […]

Roads, cars and animals, oh my!

During the past few days, I’ve spotted the following dead animals on some of the Hudson Valley’s roads: fox, rabbit, opossum, woodchuck and deer, both young and old. Save for the deer, I’m assuming the other dead animals caused almost no delay or damage for whoever was behind the wheel. Our furry and feathered friends […]

Battle of the snakes

It’s apparently a snake-eat-snake world in my yard. I stumbled upon this tangle of snakes recently and it turned out to be a milk snake eating a garter snake. The milk snake took at least two hours to consume his fellow reptile. That was the amount of time that passed from when I first found […]