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First Thoughts

What is the first thought that enters your mind on waking? Are you savoring vestiges of pleasant dreams, or do you wake up already planning the day…or is there a sense of ‘oh no, not again” ? Sometimes the first thing I do is glance to see if the sun is up yet. Depending on …

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Frosty Hills

Frosty hills are pretty and the Ozark hills are sporting white capes this morning! See the distant mountain with the white hoar frost? The 4-wheeler was also decorated. A light coat of ice had the key and brake lock stiff and I had to clear the encrusted seat so I could sit. Took a very chilly ride …

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Broomsedge, not Fescue

An Author’s Corrections: It’s Broomsedge, not Fescue When I wrote No Qualms I described the shadeling as having hair that resembled fescue. That’s because I’d always thought the grass I had in mind was fescue. Recently I learned that it is in fact a grass commonly called broomsedge (possibly Andropogon virginicus). It might be a …

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Hunt Food, Gather Firewood

This year we’ve been proactive about a stocked freezer and our supply of firewood. Last year and the years since we’ve moved up here, we’ve always had a steady supply of venison, but we seem to always need firewood at the worst times. Last year, I remember waiting impatiently for the temperature to get above freezing …

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Photos of a misty day in the Ozarks

For you from Wild Ozark™ 🙂 Grab a cuppa & enjoy! A Misty Day in the Ozarks One of my favorite kinds of trees, the beech, keeps leaves long after the others have disrobed and gone into winter’s sleep. Almost all of the beeches I see are very young. This one is older than most. …

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How Far Removed – Predator and Prey

Out here we have a healthy balance between predator and prey. Squirrels crowd the treetops, mice are at home in sheds and even in our house if we aren’t diligent. Snakes lurk everywhere. Predator and Prey Coyotes are plentiful. The dogs break into a discordant chorus when they hear their wild cousins yapping on the …

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The Ent Trees of Wild Ozark

This article had been posted over at Medium but I decided to move it back home where it belongs. Special Trees Two special trees grace the dirt road where I live. There are more trees like this here and there on our own acreage, tree-beings, or trees that appear and do more than trees appear …

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Winter is Here in the Ozarks

First it was the frost flowers. They showed up last week during our first really cold spell.    Then yesterday as we were on our way home from grocery shopping the first sleet began. Soon after the plinking sounds of tiny ice balls on the windshield gave way to the silent brush of snowflakes. Winter …

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Frost Flowers

The first time I saw frost flowers here in northwest Arkansas, about nine years ago now, I thought they were trash collected at the base of weeds on the roadsides. And then I saw a photo at Cloudland and the mystery was solved and a fascination began. As if I don’t already have enough fascination …

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