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Beauty in Nature - 50plus LIFE
  • The Beauty in Nature: Wandering Albatrosses

    Wandering albatrosses are well named. They often soar hundreds of miles a day, low over the southern oceans that circle Antarctica, all day, every day, for a couple of weeks straight.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Flying Squirrels

    I’ve seen a few southern flying squirrels “in the flesh” in southeastern Pennsylvania in my lifetime and heard about others from people who saw those charming little rodents, mostly at birdfeeders at night.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Chimney Swifts

    I remember walking along a sidewalk when I was 5 years old and hearing chattering overhead. Looking up, I saw a loose group of small birds flying swiftly.

  • The Beauty in Nature: 2 Yellowjacket Wasps

    By late summer, most of us have been pestered by yellowjackets at picnics, and some of us noticed the gray, football-sized paper nests of bald-faced hornets attached to twigs in trees.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Blooming Southern Trees

    One sultry, moonlit July evening a few years ago, I enjoyed seeing, and smelling, the large, white blossoms on a 30-foot-tall southern magnolia tree on a southeastern Pennsylvania lawn.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Tree-Nesting Shorebirds

    Solitary sandpipers and Bonaparte’s gulls are unusual shorebirds in their respective families.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Tree-Nesting Shorebirds

    Solitary sandpipers and Bonaparte’s gulls are unusual shorebirds in their respective families.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Converging Birds and Horseshoe Crabs

    In May of some years, I’ve traveled to Delaware Bay beaches in New Jersey and Delaware to experience the convergence of many thousands of spawning horseshoe crabs, nesting laughing gulls, and migrating shorebirds, including red knots, ruddy turnstones, dunlin, and semi-palmated sandpipers.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Peeping Peepers

    I visit the shallows of certain ponds and wetlands in, and bordering, woods in southeastern Pennsylvania a couple evenings every April.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Waterfowl in Flight

    Winter and early spring are the times of waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans) in southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Spruces, Snow, and Birds

    One early afternoon in February a few years ago, I was working at my desk by a window that allowed views of our back lawn. At the time, beautiful snowflakes fell gently through still air from a gray sky.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Harriers and Short-Ears

    In winter, over several years, I’ve seen wintering northern harriers, which are a kind of hawk, and short-eared owls hunting mice and small birds in marshes and tall-grass fields in southeastern Pennsylvania, including at Middle Creek Wildlife Area and Gettysburg National Park.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Harriers and Short-Ears

    In winter, over several years, I’ve seen wintering northern harriers, which are a kind of hawk, and short-eared owls hunting mice and small birds in marshes and tall-grass fields in southeastern Pennsylvania, including at Middle Creek Wildlife Area and Gettysburg National Park.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Winter Colors

    Winter seems drab to many people in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gray skies and deciduous trees, brown fields, and cold, ice, and snow dampen human spirits. But bright colors in nature beautify winter landscapes and lift people’s emotions.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Winter Colors

    Winter seems drab to many people in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gray skies and deciduous trees, brown fields, and cold, ice, and snow dampen human spirits. But bright colors in nature beautify winter landscapes and lift people’s emotions.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Native American Farming

    Beside hunting, fishing, and gathering, Native Americans living in eastern forests had a unique, interesting, and ingenious way of growing crops in small fields in those shaded woods. Their only tools, before the coming of European settlers, were stone axes and sharp-pointed sticks.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Eggs on Their Feet

    The 4-foot-tall, 88-pound emperor penguins are the only birds on Earth that raise young on sea ice around the Antarctic Continent during the southern hemisphere’s winter, which is our summer.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Interesting Local Insects

    July to the end of October is the time of insects in southeastern Pennsylvania because those invertebrates are cold-blooded and active only during warmer weather.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Ways Salamanders Live

    The various kinds of salamanders, worldwide, have different life cycles.

  • The Beauty in Nature: Ways Salamanders Live

    The various kinds of salamanders, worldwide, have different life cycles.

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