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Witch-Hazel: The Honeybee’s Last Forage

by Leah Mital-Skiff We extracted honey this weekend from our backyard hive.  The late date of this final extraction is evident in the density of the deep-amber goldenrod-dominant honey.  Its slow movement through the series of filters on a cold day reminds our family that we should be out apple picking rather than forcing our… Continue reading Witch-Hazel: The Honeybee’s Last Forage

Botany, Seasons

Jack-in-the-pulpit: The Forest Floor’s Hermaphrodite

By Leah Mital-Skiff I don't want to make any controversial statements about whether it is easier to be male or female, but it is tempting in this case. When times are good on the forest floor, Jack turns into Jackie and when the going gets rough, Jackie turns back into Jack.  We could say that Jackie… Continue reading Jack-in-the-pulpit: The Forest Floor’s Hermaphrodite