The back yard as fieldwork site

The back yard as fieldwork site
I devote a lot of space on this blog to explaining the names of the animals I encounter in my backyard. I do this in part because I think the etymology helps tell us a little something of the character of the animal (or at least of the animal that named it), and in part ...

Thunder Moon: July 3, 2012

Thunder Moon: July 3, 2012
July’s full moon is sometimes known as the Thunder Moon. No thunder tonight here in Boca, apart from a few wiseacres testing their squibs for tomorrow’s celebration of Independence Day. But we do have plenty of moisture in the air, robbing my pictures of clarity. Nevertheless, here is this month’s full moon: