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A kid and a cricket

Late Summer and Early Fall Insects

As summer winds down, our warm weather has continued in the upper Midwest and insects are having a heyday.  Cicadas still call and Katydids make quite a racket at night. Behind all these summer sounds is the high pitched “cheek-cheek-cheek” of crickets.  Mosquitoes persist as do any number of tiny biting insects the gravitate to […]

Wolf Spider

Spiders in the House

Every once in a while an enormous wolf spider startles us when we go downstairs and flip on a light. We call him “Wolfie”.  Fortunately, most of the time he (Wolfie might be a she) stays out of sight and is helpful because (s)he eats other critters that inhabit homes with humans. Spiders are just […]

Lighting a lamp

Hurricane Harvey’s Lesson

Images in the nightly news from Houston during and after Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. It will take years for flooded communities and families to recover. Harvey reminds us that disasters can happen anywhere at any time. Some are relatively predictable. For example, tornadoes and hurricanes are most likely to hit certain places during parts of […]

Daddy Sunflower

What We Love About Summer!

Winding Pathways asked for reader submissions on what they love about summer and here is what folks shared.  Dan P was the first. with this short, pithy remark: “Summer = it’s not cold ;)”   And here is the back story on that. As a kid and teen until his Junior year in high school, Dan […]

Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017

Even though clouds and rain dominated the central Midwest on Monday, August 21st, we took in and enjoyed our Eclipse Trip 2017. We drove major roads to SW Iowa and cut over to smaller state and county roads where the views were more intimate and traffic less.  Rolling hills of the Iowa Southern Drift  added […]

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