Edwin Way Teale: Scientist, Artist, Interpreter

Edwin Way Teale at work in the blind he constructed near Hampton Brook in his beloved home sanctuary, Trail Wood, in Hampton, Connecticut. Copyright, the estate of Edwin Way Teale, managed by the University of Connecticut Library System.  Used with permission. When it came night, the white waves paced to and fro in the moonlight, and the wind … Continue reading Edwin Way Teale: Scientist, Artist, Interpreter

A Call for Writers and Visual Artists, Summer 2016

By: Richard Telford The Connecticut Audubon Society is now accepting applications for the 2016 Edwin Way Teale Artists-in-Residence at Trail Wood program.  Applicants can submit their materials electronically or in hard copy. Through the program, inaugurated in 2012, Connecticut Audubon invites writers and visual artists, chosen through a juried process, to spend one week in residence at … Continue reading A Call for Writers and Visual Artists, Summer 2016

Discovering the North American Pawpaw Tree, Asimina triloba, (Sort of)

By Richard Telford The powerful forces of forest succession threaten always to engulf the 18th-century stonewalls that surround our 1770 center-chimney farmhouse. During the restoration of the house, we largely gave up trying to stem the encroachment of the surrounding forest. However, several years ago, we began in earnest to work to control that encroachment, … Continue reading Discovering the North American Pawpaw Tree, Asimina triloba, (Sort of)

Summer Leavings: Finding Ourselves in the Turning of the Seasons

By Richard Telford Several years ago I removed the rotten eaves of several sections of our 1770 farmhouse and began to reproduce them with like materials. I extended the rafters, cut and installed soffits, even drilled holes for louvered vents to be installed at the project’s conclusion. During this time, we completed tests for lead … Continue reading Summer Leavings: Finding Ourselves in the Turning of the Seasons

Reviving John Burroughs’ “Silent Throngs”

By Richard Telford At a recent library sale held at my daughter’s school, I bought a discarded copy of Hal Borland’s Twelve Moons of the Year.  The 1979 book, a posthumously published selection of Borland’s natural history editorials printed in the Sunday New York Times from 1941 until his death in 1978, brims with keen … Continue reading Reviving John Burroughs’ “Silent Throngs”

True Leisure and the Flight of the Dragonette: Innovating for Sustainability

By Richard Telford On December 28, 1959, Life Magazine released a special bonus issue to usher in a new decade, titling it “The Good Life.”  Life’s editors declared, “The new leisure is here.  For the first time a civilization has reached a point where most people are no longer preoccupied exclusively with providing food and … Continue reading True Leisure and the Flight of the Dragonette: Innovating for Sustainability