The Outside Story: Blueberries, summer treasures

Among summer’s many sweet offerings are wild berries. And among these, blueberries are my favorite.

The outside story: Bloodroot — an early bloomer

I’d not known these flowers before we moved to this place, some 18 years ago.

The Outside Story: Snowy owls irrupting

Here’s a quiz for Harry Potter fans: What kind of owl played Hedwig in the movies?

The Outside Story: How bald eagles weather winter

VERMONT — A couple of decades ago, I spent several winters living in Crested Butte, Colo., where I learned to peer into the cottonwood trees between Route 135 and the East River on the rare occasion when I needed to travel south to the closest “big” town. … (read more)

The Outside Story: Woolly bears on the move

Woolly bear caterpillars seem to be everywhere these days — creeping across the lawn, along the road when I’m walking the dog, hidden in the wilted cut-back of the perennial garden. Last week I found a woolly bear curled up in a shoe I’d left on the front … (read more)

The Outside Story: Tick-borne diseases on the rise

Eighteen years ago, when I moved back to New Hampshire, I rarely came across ticks. The dog didn’t carry them unwittingly into the house, and I could spend the day in the garden or on wooded trails and not see a single, hard-shelled, eight-legged, blood-s … (read more)