January 27, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (27 January 2019)  As a species we have never liked the darkness of night.  For several hundred thousand years we have retreated to caves and other shelters, huddled closer to blazing fires, and shouldered a heavier burden of anxiety soon after sunset....

January 13, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (13 January 2019) At the top of my long driveway through a patch of diverse forest that is at least 130 years old, there was a peculiar episode of mortality not long ago.  The deaths involved three large trees that, up until the time their leaves wither...

January 5, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (5 January 2019)  HOUSE GUESTS  A house guest of ours left recently.  Now I love company.  We have a big house in the woods with lots of room for folks to spread out if necessary—but three months is a bit long even for the best of friends.  He didn’t sa...

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