The Notebook

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3 August 2020 – The Compleat Ambler

Published July 2020 by William Needham. A supplement to Hiker’s Notebook as a guidebook for how to enjoy walking in the woods and what it can do for you. Available in bookstores Details here

Compleat Ambler Cover


24 July 2020 – Walkingstick, an ent in the making. Twig insects epitomize evolution. More here

The brown twig-like walkingstick can only be easily seen silhouetted against a green leaf, where it is precariously perched with its legs splayed.

3 July 2020  – Inky cap mushrooms are different – from shaggy manes to mica caps. More here

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Coprinus comatus is also called  lawyer’s wig and shaggy mane

21 June 2020 – The first day of summer and the last day of spring – Trillium is its epitome.  A striking lily with three petals and three leaves that are not really petals and leaves. And it isn’t even a lily anymore. The rest of the trilliums (trillia?) and details here

Trillium grandiflora has an imposing white blossom that turns shocking pink

1 June 2020 – The Northern Water Snake is one of the most common, and most commonly mistaken snakes. It is not a water moccasin. For more details, click here

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Northern water snake (or perhaps a copperhead)

15 May 2020 – The “iron worm” millipede of the Appalachians is wandering about for  a reason. More about evolution and millipedes here

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Narceus americana is frequently seen on trials in the Appalachian Mountains. The local mountain people called them “iron worms” due to the iron-like red bands.

27 April 2020 – St. Johnswort, herb of antiquity for both physical and mental wounds from the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John the Baptist. The rest of the story

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Common St. Johnswort has been used from antiquity in Europe as a treatment for open wounds. Introduced to North America in 1793, it has become invasive. It is a recognized herbal treatment for depression with some NIH caveats.

15 April 2020The Cabbage White butterfly is a globally invasive species that eats broccoli. A cautionary tale amid the perils of pandemics. More here

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The single spot on the wing marks this as a male Cabbage butterfly. In search of the two-spotted female who will go on to lay 300 eggs on cabbage and other mustard family plants (cabbage, turnip, broccoli, cauliflower, etc)

28 March 2020  –  As the grays of winter yield to the colors of spring, one must be optimistic. Why do we see color? How do we see color? What is color anyway? Explore the Colors of Nature

Looking for a pot of gold in Oz



Contact Information:           William Needham – Needham82@aol.