Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A Naturalist's Year - 2nd Quarter

When the second quarter of 2020 began, the COVID-19 epidemic was worsening and thousands of our fellow citizens had already died. We were in self-imposed isolation as we try to avoid the virus, only going out for groceries every two or three weeks. We’re fortunate to live where we live and it’s been easy to continue In Forest and Field with new photos and observations because we live on the side of a large wooded hill that connects to many thousands of acres of forest land and there are other extensive areas of woodland but a short drive away.

Hopefully, you and those you care about have been able to avoid the pandemic and that you’ve been able to stay active and get outdoors to see the wonders of the natural world. Here photos from each day of the year’s second quarter –



Spring has given way to summer as the second quarter of 2020 has come to an end and the whole world has changed for many people. As things "open up" and society returns to "normal", COVID-19 is surging once again and we'll continue our social isolation. Humans may think they've conquered nature, but every once in a while there's a sharp reminder that we're not so special and are still subject to natural forces.

But the natural world is still out there and it's been a welcome escape from social isolation for many. It's good to see people in the outdoors although it's sad to see how much trash they've left behind. If they're going to be out in forest and field, those of us who've been there for many years do wish they'd respect it a bit.

From a camera trap - 5/18


  1. You capture so much of what's lovely out in the woods and fields. Thank you.

  2. Absolutely fabulous group of pictures! You must spend a lot of time out with your camera! I love the picture of the Ostrich Fern unfolding.

  3. Thanks. Your beautiful photos are always a welcome diversion from the trials of life.

  4. Hello,

    It is great get outdoors. Your photos are fantastic, love all the birds, critters and the beautiful flowers. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

  5. little cute yellow throat...
    thank you for sharing beautiful of wild life photos...

  6. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos! I hardly tire of looking at them!

  7. Here in Bellingham, Washington, we have both gray and black squirrels. Our hospital grounds are well know for a cluster of the black variety. Back home in Powell River, BC, black squirrels have started moving in. They are more aggressive and are pushing the gray squirrels out of the tradition territories. - Margy

  8. What a feast of the seasons' wonders, so wonderfully photographed! What a fine record to cherish. I feel lucky that my life as a naturalist can continue mostly unaffected by this pandemic, except that I can't gather with friends or hug my grandchildren. I just wish this pandemic could prove to be humbling to the human race, that we might mend our ways to aid our environment and value more those things that are truly of value.


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