05/05/17 4:30pm
PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.

With so many signs of spring around us and a few summer-like days already here, most of us have probably started to think about our gardens and landscaping. Many early flowering plants have passed their peak and the sound of the lawnmowers have begun to penetrate our peaceful neighborhoods. Since this is the season of ‘things new,’ maybe we want to consider creating something different.

This is the time to break a bit from ordinary patterns and add adventure to our lives — or, at the very least, our landscaping. (more…)

04/25/15 3:00pm
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

Colin Hoye’s April 16 letter to the editor (“It can’t wait”) brings attention to an aspect of Shelter Island that can so often be overlooked. With our all-too-busy world and ambitious lifestyles, we sometimes do not take the time to notice, no less fully understand, the ecological significance of those special natural communities such as the estuary fed by Dickerson’s Creek. (more…)