Byline: By LAWRENCE J. WINSHIP

Earth Matters: The wisdom of trees in winter

1/9/21

In winter, tree branches that so recently held leaves up against the wind and sky are revealed in sharp relief against the gray clouds. We see not...

Because of the pandemic, I’ve spent much more time in our gardens this year. There is so much to see and do on our little half-acre lot. Over the...

Hundreds of years ago, the flowering bulb markets of Holland were overcome by tulip mania. Buyers bid up highly desired varieties to astronomical...

This past summer, driving back from a family wedding in Montana, I saw thousands of rail cars headed east, fully loaded with Wyoming coal. One...

Earth Matters: Of beech bark, bumps and bears

7/22/19

The smooth silvery gray bark of beech trees seems to call out, “Write on me!” Or at least those with handy pocket knives may think so (not a good...

Earth Matters:  “snow puzzles”

1/11/19

As we move deeper into winter, once again it becomes evident that living at 42 degrees north latitude has one certain consequence: We trade the...

For many years my wife and I have stayed warm by burning locally harvested firewood in a high-efficiency, EPA-certified airtight woodstove. Adding...

For a short few days in the early spring, ghostly clouds of delicate flowers dance briefly among the leafless trees in our local hardwood forests...

Earth Matters: A naturalist contemplates hunting

9/22/17

Some months back I talked with a friend about the challenges of growing vegetables in the Pioneer Valley and ways to deal with deer and woodchucks....

In my youth, tromping through the deciduous woodlands of Ohio and Pennsylvania with family and friends, we occasionally came upon strange-looking...



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