All Posts

All posts in forward chronological order:

  1. Wildflowers extend lawn mower life and inspire love (6/3/2012) - It TAKES TIME to smell the roses! I suspect it will be a recurring theme in my scribblements, as it is increasingly recurring in my head: half the joy of a blessing is sharing it.  That leaves me with a … Continue reading
  2. Oh, Deer (7/15/2012) - Here at Balsamea we’ve always had lots of whitetail deer. I’ve seen them many times in the woods during our thrice-daily walks, a few times in the yard, on the road, and coming up and down the driveway. It seemed … Continue reading
  3. Going beech nuts (9/5/2012) - We have many beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) at Balsamea, and many red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) very happy about it. One day I noticed one of our red squirrels tossing things out of one of our largest beech trees.  They were … Continue reading
  4. 9/11/12: First Frost is ICE! (9/11/2012) - Despite the sobering remembrances of another 9/11, I’ve declared 9/11/12 a holiday at Balsamea, in honor of our first frost coming four days earlier than the average (9/15) AND it was not merely FROST, but ICE!  I had a zillion … Continue reading
  5. Fernucopia and Ferndog (9/12/2012) - Just one of the ways we made good of the anniversary of 9/11/01 … This fern patch is in our “5-stump Skypatch.”  Skypatches at Balsamea are little openings in our dense woods.  This one is caused by the removal of … Continue reading
  6. Richer After Rain (9/19/2012) - Colors in the woods are richer after rain. i did not prepare a picture  – – – – –  i could not do the observation justice with a camera  – – – – –  i just invite you to make … Continue reading
  7. Autumn Light and Color (9/27/2012) - Balsamea made a statement today.  She asked me to post it here.  Listen. Related Articles Beautiful Autumn (aditixpictures.wordpress.com)  Here is somebody with a great way of seeing things.
  8. A Word About Scribblement (10/11/2012) - For decades I called the dictionary my favorite book, until Wiktionary, which I now adore as much.  Just the same, I’m keeping my 1995 Webster’s Collegiate 10th Ed. and my 1962 Roget’s Thesaurus 3rd Ed.  I may need a word … Continue reading
  9. Way – Scribblement 20121222 (12/22/2012) - Saturday, December 22, 2012.  The second day of winter.  I meant to write something yesterday, to celebrate winter solstice, but I exhausted myself out in the woods being The Balsamean, celebrating for real, not just on paper.  Er … I … Continue reading
  10. Winter Wonderland (12/25/2012) - I shot these pictures today, 12/25/2012.  I have better winter pictures from February 2012, coming soon to a blog scribblement near you, but today I wanted to share pictures taken today. This has nothing to do with Christmas, but boy-oh-boy … Continue reading
  11. Winter Views Part B (2/13/2013) - No comment from me.  Aren’t you glad? Click anywhere for carousel mode … better views and full captions. . Related Articles — THESE ARE VERY COOL. four ways to enjoy nature in winter (rebeccainthewoods.wordpress.com) Winter Storm Nemo (kieraworld.wordpress.com) Two ways … Continue reading
  12. Wind Slayer – Scribblement 20130223 (2/23/2013) - 20130223.  A nice date brought to you by 0, 1, 2 and 3. Congratulations to all of today’s newborns. WARNING:  This blog is for my entertainment more than yours, including the parts that you contribute.  Apparent indications to the contrary … Continue reading
  13. British soldiers in Balsamea woods! (2/25/2013) - While browsing Rebecca in the Woods, the blog of a naturalist and environmental educator, I bumped into her photo of a lichen she found on a tree stump in Ohio. We have an item that looks like the same thing, … Continue reading
  14. Ice (2/27/2013) - I won’t pretend that it measures up to what inspired it, but this post was inspired by And More Ice at naturesnippets; Introduction to the Wonders of Nature, a blog that lives its name, by a southern Illinois nature lover … Continue reading
  15. Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) (3/4/2013) - This is one of those rare occasions when I just want to share some pictures, and few words.  For a terrific, creatively written account of Haeckel’s roles in history, see: The Heavenly Zoo of Ernst Haeckel, an enjoyable read whether … Continue reading
  16. The Best of Being (3/11/2013) - This is more evidence of how I entertain myself by blogging without a care for the poor readers.  It is three or four blog posts in one, because that’s the way I had fun.   If you don’t enjoy part of … Continue reading
  17. Thrice-Warming Wood (3/15/2013) - I love a campfire.  I like to say that having one is to “enjoy the thrice-warming wood.” Thrice-warming because: First, you warm up from the physical labor of collecting the wood.  Then, you warm up from the labor of breaking … Continue reading
  18. Ice Revisited (3/17/2013) - The trouble with being active in the blogosphere is that there are so many people sharing so many terrific things, and they come sailing to me automatically (where I have subscribed, filtering the world to my taste).  It’s like having … Continue reading
  19. Buddy, my canine companion (3/23/2013) - Meet Buddy, Prince of Balsamea, resident health coach and therapist, human-walker, fellow forest lover, wildlife warden, stick and ball player (mainly in the game of keep-away), tug-of-warrior, warm fuzzy friend, and expert daily comic relief provider. These pictures span 2007 … Continue reading
  20. Balsamea Winter: daily walking snowshoe paths (3/28/2013) - These photos from March 26, 2013 are samples of Balsamea’s snowshoeing paths just before the big thaw.  This is a taste of the blessing of Balsamea that Buddy and I walk through three times every day, all year, in all … Continue reading
  21. A word about Balsamea’s snowshoe paths (3/28/2013) - Actually, it’s around 1058 words. Originally I intended to let the snowshoe path pictures in my previous blog post speak for themselves.  Today, Pyrrhite’s comment on that post got me wondering about what makes Balsamea’s snowshoe paths so attractive to … Continue reading
  22. Spring 2013 – Early April (5/18/2013) - Sing along: “It’s beginning to look a lot like April!” If you don’t know the tune, write me and ask for it.  Just kidding.  Here it is, as written and sung by the great Johnny Mathis (biography): If your brain … Continue reading
  23. Last of the Snow Tracks (5/23/2013) - On April 14, 2013, during those last days we still had snow at Balsamea, slushy places offered ideal conditions for some kinds of animal prints. What animal made this one? Maybe this will help:
  24. Moose Scat (5/23/2013) - Now this is what I’m talking about, when it comes to really good scat identification technique. I’ve never seen one, but I hear there are some bobcats in our area.  But there are lots of things I’ve never seen, which … Continue reading
  25. Nibbles of Balsamea (5/24/2013) - These little Balsameans (and Adirondack natives) have gathered here for no reason but to please The Balsamean.  Maybe you’ll enjoy it, too.  This is one case where clicking a picture will NOT get you a bigger view.  They are just … Continue reading
  26. Fern Lifts Leaf, Mind and Body (5/26/2013) - Another sample of Spring 2013 advancing. One of our early ferns (May 6) did a little lifting on its way up.  Balsamea never stops entertaining us. The leaf was gone the next day, so my camera-play had been lucky, leaving … Continue reading
  27. Buddy Waits (5/26/2013) -                                        “I will wait for you.” I can only imagine the wonders that Buddy enjoys in the woods of Balsamea every day and night, with his great capacity for scent, hearing, and night vision. … Continue reading
  28. Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) (8/6/2013) - So, as I was saying about Spring 2013 … Plants can be psychoactive without ingesting them.  For instance, some have uplifting odors.  Lilac.  Balsam fir.  Tea berry.  Mint.  Freshly mowed lawn.  Sometimes just looking at them can do the trick, … Continue reading
  29. A Short Hike at Debar Pond in Duane, NY (8/16/2013) - Each phase of nature, while not invisible, is yet not too distinct and obtrusive. It is there to be found when we look for it, but not demanding our attention. It is like a silent but sympathizing companion in whose … Continue reading
  30. Screamy Girl Aids Dog’s Therapeutic Effectiveness; a Scribblement (9/2/2013) - Over the past two weeks, Buddy the Bio-psycho-social Therapeutic Friend with Four Paw Drive, took to moseying — FOUR TIMES — out toward the distant neighbor northwest of us.  (We’re surrounded by woods, with open space over about half the … Continue reading
  31. A is for Apple (9/18/2013) - God did NOT make little green apples. His mother did it. (As a Naturalist, I have to make that point.) For a place named Balsamea, you might think that A is for Abies balsamea, the scientific name for balsam fir … Continue reading
  32. L is for Locust (9/19/2013) - I don’t recall ever seeing any of these at Balsamea during the five years before the house (2010).  But they really love the house.  In September these critters adorn the exterior walls of the house at the rate of about … Continue reading
  33. Biophilia (9/20/2013) - The word biophilia is useful in communication about the biological, philosophical and psychological relationships between people and Nature.  Contemplation of the word’s meanings and uses may encourage people to explore their own biophilic tendencies and those of others.    
  34. To Build a Fire (9/20/2013) - When in doubt, have a campfire.  It has straightened my bent condition many times. My favorite passage from the 1908 short story, To Build a Fire by Jack London (1876-1916): “Working carefully from a small beginning, he soon had a … Continue reading
  35. Rivers (9/27/2013) - Like addicts, in our weakness for the allure of rivers we risk everything to live on their banks.
  36. Coming Home on a Forest Ghost Road (10/5/2013) - If you love the land, especially if you have family roots in a special place, read this heartwarming little article, Coming Home to Jadwin Forest by Gary Brown in the October 2013 issue of the New York State Conservationist, a … Continue reading
  37. American Beech in Autumn; Balsamea Style (10/15/2013) - Cameras capture only a small fraction of the beauty in nature (especially my cheap Fuji).  The autumn mix of banana yellow, toasted golden russet and pale lime green colors of American beech trees (Fagus grandifolia) often truly dazzle me.
  38. Being Thankful (12/1/2013) - I went to a wedding where a little boy carried the rings up the aisle on a fancy pillow.  As he walked along, he growled loudly like an animal.  When asked why he growled, he said, “I’m the ring bear!” … Continue reading
  39. Bunchberry v Painted Trillium (12/1/2013) - In reply to a question in a comment by Waldo Tomosky on my previous post … Question about the “bunchberries”: the leaves look like Trillium. Are bunchberries the fruit of Trillium? Nice home you have built. I love the size. … Continue reading
  40. Balsamea Pregnant with Icicles (12/24/2013) - Many things are iciclable.  That’s eye-sick-la-bull.  Able to have icicles.  Here are some odd ones, and some traditional ones, from the perspective of a Balsamean. YOU REALLY SHOULD:
  41. Celebrating Ice Storm Tree Arcs at Balsamea (1/1/2014) - ARC: a part of the circumference of a circle or other curve … and sometimes much more than that, or inspiring it The ice storm of December 21-23, 2013 bent many trees at Balsamea.  Here are some examples, and thoughts … Continue reading
  42. Spring Heralds – 2014 (4/10/2014) - Several species and forms of Balsamean herald the advent of Spring earlier than all others.  They remind us of the unmerited gift of the life we have at Balsamea, and to live it consciously.
  43. A Meditation on the Company of Trees, Aided by Forest Nymphs (4/27/2014) - During a slow sylvan saunter, if I stand still more than move, in bodily senses and in palpable transcendent essences I find reminders that nature made me to thrive among immortal woodland spirits, in refuge from the illusory blessings of … Continue reading
  44. How to mix deer, campfire, tin foil stew, dog, photography and grace (9/15/2014) - Deep in the woods there is a great way to ensure that you get fantastic wildlife photography opportunities.  Leave your camera home. I’ve said before that our deer population is too high, and this year more than ever.  Among the … Continue reading
  45. Early May Late Day in the Woods (9/18/2014) - What is it about a situation like this that seems to put something like vacuum pressure on the soul? The situation, the experience, the moment, not the picture.  The picture is a good reminder of what it was like, but … Continue reading
  46. The Junk Tree (Fagus grandifolia) (10/10/2014) - Six years ago a first-time visitor to Balsamea — call him Schmoe — looked at a young beech tree in the yard (then just a campsite) and asked, “What’s that doing there?” His tone seemed to imply that there was … Continue reading
  47. Good Again and Again (11/14/2014) - Human minds cling to negatives more than positives.  This helps us prepare for the next time a negative comes around, and lets us experience a positive anew again, unprepared for the pleasure. Every year I marvel as in childhood, uplifted … Continue reading
  48. On Loving and the Seizure of a Balsamean (3/7/2015) - Balsamea’s new veterinarian, Dr. Nick Sherman summed up the change when he said of Buddy, Prince of Balsamea, “He’s a seizure dog now.”  That was the night he gave me a supply of phenobarbital, because Buddy had four general (i.e., … Continue reading
  49. Buddy, Prince of Balsamea to Die 8/5/2015 (8/1/2015) - On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, The Balsamean will euthanize Buddy, Prince of Balsamea. He chose Wednesday because there is a cord binding our hearts as three, and the third person will say goodbye to Buddy on Tuesday.  The cord has … Continue reading
  50. Thank you, Buddy (8/5/2015) - While close-up face to face with him and looking at each other’s eyes, Buddy slipped instantly from fully conscious into unconscious perfect peace, and then within a couple of minutes (tough guy – he needed a second dose) into irreversible, … Continue reading
  51. Oak Tree Trilogy Part 1 – Sentinel Oak (8/24/2015) - In 2005, the birth year of Balsamea, my father asked if there were any oak trees on the property.  I had not seen them.  Over time, I learned that there were many red oaks.  They are one of our minority … Continue reading
  52. Oak Tree Trilogy Part 2 – Defiant Oak (8/31/2015) - Oaks against the sky, Ramparts of leaves high-hurled, Staunch to stand and defy All the winds of the world; Stalwart and proud and free, Firing the man in me To try and again to try – Oaks against the sky. … Continue reading
  53. Fall Favorite Fifty at Five Hundred (9/25/2015) - Here are 50 of my favorite autumn color photos taken at Balsamea, at 500 pixels wide (or tall). If you’ve followed this blog a long time, you’ve seen these before. However, most of them managed to disappear from the blog, … Continue reading
  54. Oak Tree Trilogy Part 3 – Buddy’s Oak and Dad’s Question (8/13/2016) - Trees get so much attention in this drifting journal, The Balsamean, because they are easier to write about than people are, and trees often make better friends than most people do, and the tree fairies would sprout leaves green with envy in the middle of winter if I gave as much time to humanity as to them. Continue reading
  55. my dkhometree blog (1/16/2017) - Visit my other blog, dkhometree.com Sense of online self I call it dkhometree because I’m D.K. (Dennis Koenig) and this is my home tree on the web, from which you can browse the rest of my webwoods.  It’s a personal blog … Continue reading
  56. Snow Falling from Trees Awakens (4/1/2017) - 560 words, 18-sec. video, 2 photos After half a foot of sticky, soggy snowfall overnight, today the temperature at Balsamea rose well above freezing.  Along our trails, rapidly thawing snow showered from the trees everywhere in these dense woods, especially … Continue reading

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