How to make a rainforest diorama Updated on July 1, 2011 Aya Katz has a PhD in linguistics from Rice University. She is an ape language researcher and the author of Vacuum County and other novels. [Note: This article was … Continue reading
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Everybody can find beauty in a flower, or a butterfly or a deer. But if you love nature, then you also see the symmetry and the grace of a common, ordinary black rat snake. This December, just before the … Continue reading
For years, I have been seeking in vain for a clear view of the elusive Monarch butterfly. Only this year, with the milkweed on the the decline and the thistle on the ascendancy, did I get a good, close look … Continue reading
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The Hummingbird Moth, (Hemaris Diffinis) is one of the most unusual insects that I have ever seen. Although it is not a bird, it flies like one, by flapping its wings in a characteristic bird-like motion. The first time I … Continue reading
There is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars commissioning an artist to draw your dog when you can attempt to draw one yourself. Most people have reams of unwanted paper just lying around their homes. The blank side of … Continue reading
Designing a cat card is a great birthday card for any ailurophile. Buying cards at the store can get expensive, especially if you have to buy a card for each person you know. Why not paint a picture of a … Continue reading
Dogs have been eating our leftovers since before they stopped being wolves. They deserve to eat a diet fit for a carnivore. Not all commercial dog foods are fit for a dog to eat. Look for a high fat content, not just high protein. Continue reading
You would think that for a peony to bloom would be the simplest, most natural process. But in fact, the peony needs help from its friends, the black garden ants. The flower head of the peony is so tightly bound … Continue reading
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I have many kinds of flowering plants on my ten acre hobby farm, and the bees seem to enjoy all of them. Early in the spring, the daffodils bloom, attracting small slender bees. The redbud tree is one of the … Continue reading