Thursday, October 3, 2013


OK. Perhaps we all should stop watching television and go outside for a walk. The news from Washington is starting to scare me.  Trouble tends to trickle down.

I’m a writer/naturalist, which means I already live pretty close to the bone. (I actually think we stewed the bone and served it with rice last week.)

You might think that during nervous times nature would become a bit more parsimonious, hunker down and produce less fruit. Nay, nature don't read the news.

Yet, one remarkable thing of note, a Carolina buckthorn at Ijams Nature Center is loaded with fruit. Also known as Indian cherry, these small fruits that will turn dark purplish-black when ripe, are highly prized by berry-eating birds, so at least the mockingbirds will eat well if even we do not.

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