Author Archives: Lawrence Wade

Isn’t Nature Amazing!

The Short Life of an Early Spring Bee. Look at this barren hillside. Who would guess that beneath the ground is a whole colony of bees awaiting the warmth of the sun, so they can emerge. Known as the cellophane … Continue reading

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How I Feel About Nature

All photos  by Alex Munoz Alex Munoz is an accomplished photographer and this is his second posting at Old Naturalist.  His first post was titled Raw Beauty Unleashed and was published in Dec. 2017. Alex Munoz is from my home … Continue reading

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Winter Animal Tracking

Below is an excerpt from an expert tracker,  Jonathan Poppele. He wrote the book,  Animal Tracks: Midwest Edition: “Tracking is the study and interpretation of the footprints and other signs left behind by animals as they go about their lives. … Continue reading

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Nature Through the Eyes of an Artist

Sandra Cowing is a talented water color artist who expresses her love for nature through her creativity. She also gives us an intimate view into her process as an artist. I had a vision in my mind of a foggy … Continue reading

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Holiday Sale of Nature and Ocean Books

During the holidays, you can buy my books at a 60% discount off of the retail price. Each book is priced at $10 + $3.50 shipping = $13.50 I will sign all books. If you don’t like them, books can … Continue reading

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Fish Whisperer

  First snorkel holding onto a rock in the rapids A large muskie swam up and rested beside me Ecstatic wondered if I should be panicked. Hoped that I was not wearing anything shiny that looked tasty to a muskie. … Continue reading

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The Big Woods and the Fight to Save Lone Lake Park

Lone Lake Park is a forest remnant of what was known as the Big Woods. The Big Woods was over 2,000 square miles, extending in a band 40 miles wide from what is today Mankato to Monticello. In the 1800’s, … Continue reading

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The Bass Ponds – A Hidden Gem

The Bass Ponds are part of the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge. It is an urban wildlife refuge in shadow of the Mall of America, a busy highway and the Minneapolis International Airport. Besides being a refuge for animals, the Bass … Continue reading

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Sights and Sounds of Spring 2020

Mid FebruaryI heard my first signs of spring. What birds were calling in the cold? (cardinal and  “fee bee” call  of the chickadee) Mid March – Vole tunnels in the grass as the snow melts. Late MarchPussy Willows in the … Continue reading

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Whale Day

For the past 24 years I have traveled to North Hudson Elementary in Hudson, Wisconsin for a very special experience. The 4th grade teachers have developed a thematic unit on the oceans that runs from February to May. All of … Continue reading

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