I’ve been mulling over what to do with my nature blog. It has been about nine months since I posted anything there. I’m thinking of trying to import the content to Across the Page and include the occasional nature post here instead of maintaining a separate blog. It’s not that I’ve lost interest, only that the places have become familiar enough that I don’t take as many pictures. A few weeks ago, I learned that Ezra, the male hawk in Cornell’s red-tail nest cam, had…Continue Reading “Glimpses of Spring”

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” (John 3) It’s been a few years, but we decided to bring home some monarch caterpillars and observe them through their process of transforming into butterflies. Currently we have 4 caterpillars and 4 chrysalises. The most recent chrysalis…Continue Reading “Caterpillar Cogitations”

See who was in our garden today, enjoying the shade under the beans and tomatoes. Thus my older daughter found yet another use for her butterfly net: We let the little guy go outside the (useless) fence. Looks like we’ll be needing a finer mesh fence!

Recently a question occurred to me: what if the way we read the Bible is all wrong? Typically we approach it with the idea that the world was perfect until humans messed it up through sin. Jesus came and gave it all a partial fix. Now we can be restored to relationship with God, and live out our lives knowing that we’ll go to Heaven when we die. Meanwhile life on earth gets worse and worse, and the end seems to be approaching, but God…Continue Reading “Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith”

My header images these days contain pictures of the birds that come to our feeders. I thought I’d do a post that matches up the images with their species. There are currently eight birds in the rotation. This is a female; the male is darker. A pair of these nested in our hanging plant a few years ago. They usually feed on the ground, but we’ve seen them several times on our tube feeder this year. This one has more tan on its sides than…Continue Reading “Hardy Winter Citizens”

This morning I went for an early morning walk. This young red-tailed hawk was perched in a tree beside the road, and it was easy to spot. The morning sun struck its white breast and it seemed like it was emanating light. Actually, it was sharing a few moments with a sibling, as I saw when I got a little closer. Neither has a red tail yet; that won’t come till their first molt. But they both appear healthy, learning to shift for themselves in…Continue Reading “Morning Reflections”

This week is the annual Penguin Putnam book sale here in my town. It means a whole warehouse filled with new books, sold at discount prices. I went on Saturday, the first day, by myself. My hope was to find some Christmas presents, and I did find a few — including the watercolor and watercolor pencil art sets pictured here. Older Daughter really wants a bird encyclopedia, but the only bird book I found was Eyewitness Bird, a book already well-known from our library. For…Continue Reading “Book Sale Bounty”

Mike Monarch turned out to be Michelle, given the absence of black spots on the wings. She hatched today while we were out; we returned home to find her flapping impatiently in her countertop jar. We wish you well, lovely butterfly.

“Many Christians have a good doctrine of redemption, but need a better doctrine of creation,” writes John Stott at the start of The Birds Our Teachers. Because God reveals himself in his works, and because he delights in creation, Stott urges Christians to study “at least one branch of natural history” as an avenue of knowledge about God. Seeing as I just paused in my writing of this to snap pictures of two flickers jabbing at ants in my back yard, it’s plain enough that…Continue Reading “The Birds Our Teachers”