A week ago, I was all "bah, humbug!" about spring. And why not? With all that white stuff on the ground, temps below freezing, and Michigan's renowned gray skies, a change of season seemed much more than two weeks away. I saw the light. The sunlight. While there's still a skim of ice on Lake … Continue reading I’m a believer
I was surprised to realize that it's been four years since I last blogged. I didn't intend to stop, but I did intend to prioritize other activities more than blogging. It seems I was successful at that. So it goes. If you read this blog in its earlier iterations, you know I'm fond of the … Continue reading She’s back
It's been a few days more than one year (525,600 minutes according to the lyrics from Rent) since I last blogged, and three times that since I blogged consistently. In that time, Google Reader disappeared and blogs were declared dead.Wrenaissance Reflections may have been quiet, but it's not dead. I've missed blogging and missed being part … Continue reading 1,576,800 minutes
I had a great time observing the not-again-in-my-lifetime Transit of Venus earlier this month. Detroit Observatory is just a couple of blocks from my office, so as well as seeing the transit, I also made a much-overdue visit there and saw the historic telescope.
I’ve long resisted entering my observations in eBird. Too much trouble, too restrictive a format, and I don’t need all those fields – I just want a record of what species I’ve seen. Only compulsive listers would keep records that intense. What’s changed my mind? Partly practical considerations: Birdstack has closed, and I haven’t found … Continue reading Why eBird?
Not the flowers – this photo was taken back in August – but me, defying the gray days by showing the bright orange petals overcoming the drab background.
In September, I wrote:It's hard to know what to write here. One month ago, I thought I was slowing down the number of posts on Wrenaissance for a while. I thought I was going to the Midwest Birding Symposium as an official blogger. I thought I had an overly busy and heavily scheduled life.One of … Continue reading What’s going on?
Wind moving through the grass or the trees has long been a metaphor for change. When I started my website, long before it was a blog, I thought I’d be sharing information about backyard wildlife habitats, and that my enthusiasm would be contagious. In those long-ago days, the internet was lightly populated compared to today. … Continue reading Changes