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by Mary J Metzger   It’s Climate Month. Here’s where we’ve been.      We are an Ice Age people. Our ancestors survived many large climate changes, as glaciers formed and melted every 100,000 years or so, driven by shifts in the earth’s orbit.      The last great freeze 70,000 years ago...

“I am happy to know that not all species are forced to need passports and visas to experience new lands.” - Rajesh, Random Cosmos. Photo by Steve Lieman, Indian Hill.


Bucolic Fall scene. Angus cattle take their ease at Gibbet Hill Farm. Photo by Steve Lieman


After fermenting, mead, like wine, is barrel-aged in oaken barrels. Like wine, mead continues to age and mature once bottled. Here, owner Rick Reault shows off some promising future meads as they gently age and add complexity.


‘I will adore the lord, omnipresent King, he that sustaineth heaven – monarch of all, he that maketh splendid water for all who are good, he that made and flourished each reward. May Maelgwn of Mona be drunk with mead and us likewise from frothing horns of finest, purest mead which bees...

Chip Detwiller shows off a real beauty. Photo by Steve Lieman


"Cling, swing, Spring, sing, Swing up into the apple tree." - T. S. Eliot - Photo by Steve Lieman


A pair of Osprey on their nest. Photo by Patricia Mahon.

• What to do if you think your dog has been exposed to deadly cyanobacteria   by Angela Nelson   When we see green, scummy water, we know better than to drink it or even swim in it. But the same is not true for many dogs, and that green scum could be a toxic blue-green algae bloom...


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