Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 13)

We’ve noticed some weird insect-related stuff going on around here. First, in the adjacent vacant lot to the west there’s a plethora of these little mud tubes. They’re hollow and they crumble to dust between your fingers, but they obviously once housed a living…something. These are the work of agricultural termites (also sometimes called desert… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 13)

Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 11) — The Invertebrate Edition

I hope you’re not tiring of these Neighborhood Nature posts, because I like doing them too much to stop. Or, really, I’ll stop when Nature does. Alert Gazette readers will recall that we’re wrangling a herd of black swallowtail caterpillars that have sprung to life in the parsley planted in a pot on our back… Continue reading Neighborhood Nature (Pt. 11) — The Invertebrate Edition


I’m too lazy to type “Random Thursday — The Friday Edition”…or am I? It’s been a while since we’ve done a Wandering The Web post, so this will ultimately turn into one, but first — some local weather-related updates. Five days ago, as alert Gazette readers no doubt recall, I informed the world that Pecan… Continue reading R.T.T.F.E.

Random Thursday: The Truly Random Edition

Happy Thursday, y’all! Today is National Chocolate Day. And is it a coincidence that it’s also National Internal Medicine Day, as well as National First Responders Day? I think not; you should take comfort in knowing that if you overindulge in the food of the gods, *someone* has your back. Or insides. Or…whatever. The Horseshoe… Continue reading Random Thursday: The Truly Random Edition

Snapshot Saturday…

…because Foto Friday was already spoken for. Plus, I’m a procrastinator. Here are some pictures I took. Where’s a pair of Wayfarers when you need them? The green tree frogs have been numerous lately (or perhaps there’s just one and he/she is someone ubiquitous). But it’s a bit rare to see one in the bright… Continue reading Snapshot Saturday…

Random Thursday: Word Guacamole

¡Hola, amigos¡ ¿Qué pasa? Hoy es el día nacional de guacamole, y es la hora a celebrar. (It’s also Mexico’s Independence Day. Coincidence? I think not.) We’ve got a lot of territory to cover, so let’s lean into it (as “they” say in H.R.). I’m sure most of you are itching to know what’s going… Continue reading Random Thursday: Word Guacamole

The Incompetent Arachnid & the Cunning Coleopteran

All I have to say about the title of this post is…Roget let me down yet again. For the past couple of months I’ve been observing a female yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia; a type of orb weaver) just outside one of our garage windows. During that time, it’s grown from a half-inch “wingspan” juvenile into… Continue reading The Incompetent Arachnid & the Cunning Coleopteran