White oak, cherry tree problems

The white oak has dark spots low on the trunk where I’m seeing insects. The spots look almost like oozing sap but aren’t sticky or wet. Red ants at base, and something smaller, black body with wings, buzzing around the spots a bit higher up. Also, the crown seems sparse compared to other nearby white […]

Leaf Litter: Marking my territory

As part of a forest land tax reduction, I had to mark the property boundaries and create a 10-year plan for my land. I hired a consulting forester to help assemble the plan and learned a hell of a lot in the process. While I was out doing that, I also planted ramp bulbs and […]

Memes vs. genes

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins (1976) I’m disappointed it took me so long to stumble across this book. And that happened only because we ordered it for a friend who was visiting from Mexico City. She hoped to take it with her when she returned, but the book didn’t arrive until after she’d departed, […]